(Associated Press) Singer-songwriter, keyboard player and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac Christine McVie has passed away after a short illness at the age of 79.

The British-born McVie added an irresistible element to the sound of Fleetwood Mac. The band announced her death on Wednesday, calling her "the best musician anyone could have in their band".

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Stevie Nicks posted, "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".

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Mick Fleetwood said, "Part of my heart has flown away today".

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Associated Press Reports Christine McVie Deas at 79

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Christine McVie passed away peacefully with family around her Wednesday morning in the hospital. The family is asking for peace during their time of grief.

(Associated Press)

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