Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch died in an apparent suicide Thursday (June 7) at the age of 66, found by his wife in the couple’s Nashville, Tenn. home. Former Fleetwood Mac bandmates Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood (pictured together above) have released statements, calling the death “devastating” and “shocking.”
Nicks says, “He was an amazing guitar player – he was funny,
sweet – and he was smart – I’m so very sorry for his family and for the
family of Fleetwood Mac – so, so sad.”
And Fleetwood tells Reuters, “He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being
and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking.
He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten …
mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to
Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us. If you look into our musical history, you’ll see a huge period that was completely ensconced in Bob’s work.”
Our condolences to all of Welch’s family and friends.