Fleetwood Mac Member Bob Welch Commits Suicide
The music world is mourning the death of Fleetwood Mac band member Bob Welch, who committed suicide at his home in Nashville.
Police report that the 65 year old Welch was found dead by his wife of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest around mid-day on Thursday, June 7.
Welch joined the rock group Fleetwood Mac in 1971 and served as a guitarist and vocalist until 1974.
Longtime Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks told The Associated Press that Welch’s death hit her hard.
“The death of Bob Welch is devastating … I had many great times with him after Lindsey and I joined Fleetwood Mac. He was an amazing guitar player – he was funny, sweet – and he was smart. I am so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac – so, so sad …”
Some two years later he had formed a British rock group called Paris and enjoyed such hits as “Ebony Eyes” and “Sentimental Lady” for which he tapped former fellow Fleetwood Mac members Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie to perform back-up.
The contents of a suicide note left behind by Welch were not revealed, although sources close to the family acknowledged that he had been troubled by failing health in recent years.
Fleetwood Mac founders did not include Welch as a member of the group when it was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and there was bitterness regarding the snub in recent years.