Former Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Danny Kirwan Dies at 68

Irene MckinneyJun 11, 2018

Danny Kirwan, who was a former British guitarist for the legendary band, Fleetwood Mac, made headlines when he sadly passed away at the age of 68 on June 9.

He added: "Thank you, Danny Kirwan". His death was reported by the band's co-founder, Mick Fleetwood, on his Facebook page. No cause of death has been given.

Fleetwood writes that Kirwan's legacy "will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac". You will forever be missed!

After Blues Jam At Chess (also known as Fleetwood Mac In Chicago), and by now fully integrated into the band.

A singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, Kirwan was just 18 when he joined the beloved band.

When they went on tour in Germany, Kirwan and Green - one of the other members of the band - both took LSD laced with some kind of powerful ingredient which "changed their behavior" in the following years. 1972's Bare Trees, his last album as a member of the group, had five of his copyrights in its total of ten, including the title song and the wistful instrumental 'Sunny Side Of Heaven'. Though the album failed to chart in the United Kingdom, it reached #70 in the U.S. Five of the album's 10 songs - including the title track - were written by Kirwan. For their sixth album, 1972's Bare Trees, Green and Spencer were long gone, replaced by Bob Welch and Christine McVie.

But due to his continued struggle with alcoholism and mental illness, he wound up homeless on the street.

His most recent work involved three solo albums which were given a belated CD release in February 2006, but only in Japan. Although he didn't attend, Kirwan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac in 1998.

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