Stevie Nicks leads tributes following the death of Christine McVie 2 months ago

Stevie Nicks leads tributes following the death of Christine McVie

“I didn’t even know she was ill."

Stevie Nicks is leading tributes to her late Fleetwood Mac bandmate Christine McVie after it was announced last night that she had passed away.

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The singer and keyboardist sadly passed away aged 79 following a short illness, and taking to Instagram, Stevie penned a heartbreaking statement to her "best friend".

In a hand written note, she penned: "A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away.

“I didn’t even know she was ill… until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London; I wanted to get to London – but we were told to wait

"So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling in my head over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now.

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"I always knew I would need these words one day. (Written by the Ladies Haim)."

She then went on to write out some of the lyrics to Haim’s 2019 track Hallelujah.

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Mick Fleetwood also gave a tribute of his own to his late bandmate, writing: "This is a day where my dear sweet friend Christine McVie has taken to flight… and left us earthbound folks to listen with bated breath to the sounds of that ‘song bird…'

“Reminding one and all that love is all around us to reach for and touch in this precious life that is gifted to us.

“I will miss everything about you Christine McVie. Memories abound… they fly to me. Mick Fleetwood.”

Coming together for a statement, the band said: "There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure.

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“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her.

“Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”