Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at age 68

Fleetwood Mac GETTYFleetwood Mac with guitarist Kirwan front left
Lora Ball | 11 June, 2018, 17:44

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died, as Rolling Stone reports.

At the moment, it isn't exactly clear how he died, but the band's founding member, Mick Fleetwood, acknowledged in a statement on Facebook on Friday evening that Danny had died.

"Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England", the note reads.

As a teenager, Kirwan's band Boilerhouse supported Fleetwood Mac at venues in London before he was invited to join the group itself in 1968.

Rolling Stone said the musician joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968, but was sacked during the band's 1972 concert tour due to his alcoholism. Kirwan was an influence on the group's earlier blues days with co-founding guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer and contributed to their first United Kingdom #1 hit "Albatross".

Kirwan was described as a "huge force" in Fleetwood Mac's early years, penning some of their lesser-known songs and contributing vocals.

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Danny Kirwan during a Fleetwood Mac concert in Hannover in Germany in 1970.

'You will forever be missed! No cause of death has been announced. He became the band's third guitarist alongside Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, and performed on their next five albums.

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

Kirwan struggled with alcoholism and was sacked from the band in 1972.

Kirwan released four solo albums during the Seventies, but his career continued decline amid alcoholic binges and mental health issues that left him broke and reduced to living on the street.

He told the Independent at the time: 'I get by and I suppose I am homeless, but then I've never really had a home since our early days on tour. Moreover, when the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inducted the band into the organization in 1998, Kirwan didn't even attend the ceremony.

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