Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died aged 73.
Solicitors acting on behalf of his family said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.
“A further statement will be provided in the coming days.”
Blues rock guitarist Green, from Bethnal Green in east London, formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in 1967.
Green was among the eight members of the band – along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Paying tribute, Whitesnake’s David Coverdale said Green was an artist he “truly loved and admired”. In a tweet, he said: “I supported the original Fleetwood Mac at Redcar Jazz Club when I was in a local band… he was a breathtaking singer, guitarist and composer. I know who I will be listening to today. RIP”
In 2018 Lindsey Buckingham left the band; their current lineup includes Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House frontman Neil Finn, alongside remaining Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, John McVie, and Mick Fleetwood. In 2017 Buckingham and Christine McVie released a collaboration album.
[Featured image, Rolling Stone, “Mick Fleetwood Looks Back on Fleetwood Mac’s Early Days”]