Fleetwood Mac is arguably one of the most beloved bands in rock and rock history. Their ballads, top of the charts hits, and iconic tunes have been favorites of generations. They’ve also been used in everything from TV ads to movies to presidential campaigns. Now one of the cogs in the rock machine is gone. Bob Welch, one-time guitarist of Fleetwood Mac, has died at the age of 66. What happened?
Mr. Welch committed suicide on Thursday, June 7 at his home in Nashville. It has been reported that he died from a single self-afflicted gunshot wound to his chest. His wife Wendy found him. Mr. Welsh had apparently had some health issues. He did leave a suicide note, but what was written on it has not been disclosed.
His bandmates, who he had kept a close relationship with, were shocked and devastated by the news. “He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking,” said Mick Fleetwood.
“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,” Fleetwood said.
Mr. Welsh went on to have a very successful solo career with the hit “Ebony Eyes.”
Our thoughts go out to his family, friends and fans.