The news of McVie’s cause of death came over three months after she passed away at the age of 79 on November 30. Her family had initially announced that she had died after a short illness and was surrounded by loved ones.
In response to the news of her passing, Fleetwood Mac released a statement on social media, saying, “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. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.” The band expressed their gratitude for the memories they shared with McVie and acknowledged the impact she had on their lives. “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,” they wrote.
According to a report by The Blast, Fleetwood Mac member Christine McVie died from a stroke and cancer.
The death certificate revealed that McVie suffered an ischemic stroke, which occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is disrupted, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients.
Additionally, the document indicated that she had been diagnosed with “metastatic malignancy of unknown primary origin,” which suggests that cancer cells were found in her body but it was unclear where they originated from.
McVie had previously spoken about her health issues, including a chronic back problem that was debilitating her. Last June, she told Rolling Stone, “I’ve got a chronic back problem that debilitates me. It comes and goes, but when it comes, it’s debilitating.”
Fans of McVie and Fleetwood Mac mourned her passing, with many taking to social media to express their sadness and pay tribute to her legacy as a musician and songwriter. Despite her health struggles, McVie remained a beloved figure in the music industry and will be remembered for her contributions to Fleetwood Mac’s iconic sound.