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Lindsey Buckingham Suffers Vocal Cord Damage After Heart Surgery

The former Fleetwood Mac vocalist and guitarist underwent emergency surgery last week.

The musician's wife -- Kristen Buckingham -- updated fans about his health via a written statement published by Rolling Stone.

"I am sad to say that late last week Lindsey underwent emergency open heart surgery," she wrote. "He is now recuperating at home and each day he is stronger than the last".

She continued on to say that while Buckingham and his heart were "doing well", the surgery had resulted in damage to his vocal chords.

"While it is unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not," the rocker's wife wrote.

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Buckingham joined the iconic British American band at the same time as vocalist Stevie Nicks, in late 1974.

However, the guitarist was booted from the group last year and has been replaced by Crowded House's Neil Finn for the recent Fleetwood Mac tours.

“I think what you would say is that there were factions within the band that had lost their perspective," Buckingham said during a solo performance after the news broke in 2018.

The 2018/2019 Fleetwood Mac lineup of John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mike Campbell, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and Neil Finn on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage/Getty)

Kristen Buckingham added in her statement that the past year has been "a very stressful and difficult year for our family to say the least".

"But despite all this, our gratitude for life trumps all obstacles we have faced at this moment. We feel fortunate that he's alive. As does he. He looks forward to recovery and putting this behind him."

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Buckingham also urged anyone reading the statement to consider seeking preventative care, writing that Lindsey's family had a history of heart issues and the musician lost both his father and brother to the illness.

"If anyone is experiencing even the mildest of symptoms we encourage you to seek the care of a physician," she wrote.

Fleetwood Mac is touring Australia -- without Buckingham -- in August and September this year.

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