Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Danny Kirwan Dead At 68

Kirwan was part of the iconic band from 1968-1972.

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died in London, aged 68, it has been confirmed.

Posting to Facebook, founding drummer Mick Fleetwood announced the news, saying:

"Danny was a huge force in our early years," Fleetwood wrote about his former bandmate. "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's true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac...Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed!"

It was Kirwan’s spectacular guitar performance on the band’s famous single Albatross which helped propel the single up the charts and solidified the song as a classic, though just four months later the band was forced to drop him mid-tour due to his ongoing issues with alcoholism.

Founding front man Peter Green would later reveal, "I would never have done Albatross if it wasn't for Danny. I would never have had a number one hit record."

Kirwan in 1975.

Kirwan, along with fellow band members Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Green, John McVie, Christine McVie and Jeremy Spencer were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998, however he did not attend the ceremony.

A cause of death has not yet been released.

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