Fleetwood Mac death: Guitarist Danny Kirwan dead at 68

Danny Kirwan

Danny Kirwan

"Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England", Mick wrote on the page.

Danny's cause of death has not yet been announced.

The musician was 68-years-old. Kirwan and Welch split the writing difference on a pair of elegant and underrated LPs, "Future Games" (1971) and "Bare Trees" (1972), to which Kirwan contributed such ethereal tunes as "Sands of Time", "Bare Trees" and "Child of Mine".

The news was confirmed by Fleetwood Mac's founding drummer Mick Fleetwood, who released a statement on behalf of the band on his official Facebook page. His love for the Blues led him to being asked to join Fleetwood Mac in 1968, where he made his musical home for many years.

Danny Kirwan, who joined Fleetwood Mac as a guitarist at age 18 in 1968, died on Friday, June 8.

He added: "Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will be forever missed!"

Kirwan was born in the South London neighborhood of Brixton on May 13, 1950.

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Express.co.uk has contacted a representative of Fleetwood Mac for comment. He was still only 17 when he came to the attention of established British blues band Fleetwood Mac, while he was playing in London with his first band Boilerhouse.

Kirwan made his recording debut on the band's #1 United Kingdom instrumental hit, "Albatross", released in November 1968. He then played on their third album, Then Play On, released in September 1969, which reached #6 on the United Kingdom charts.

Kirwan continued making music, and made a number of solo albums, including Second Chapter, which was released three years after being fired from Fleetwood Mac.

But Kirwan struggled with alcoholism, and he was eventually dismissed from the group in 1972. In 1972, during the tour for Bare Trees, Danny was let go due to his struggles with substance abuse. The album also included the Welch composition, "Sentimental Lady".

Danny Kirwan, a key force in Fleetwood Mac " s bluesy three-guitar attack of the late "60s and as a singer and songwriter on the group's transitional albums of the early '70s, died Friday.

In 1998, Kirwan became one of the eight members of Fleetwood Mac to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame, however he did not attend the ceremony, according to Rolling Stone.

Best Classic Bands will have more on the life and death of Kirwan on Saturday.

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