June 24, 2018 / 3:59 PM

Stay Connected

Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Danny Kirwan Passes Away At 68

 

Close

Danny Kirwan, the former guitarist of Fleetwood Mac in the '60s and '70s, passed away at the age of 68.

Not many details have been released to the public, but the band confirmed the sad news on Friday, June 8.

Fleetwood Mac Remembers Danny Kirwan

On a Facebook post, Mick Fleetwood paid tribute to the late musician by sharing a heartfelt message.

"Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England," he wrote. "Danny was a huge force in our early years. 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."

Kirwan joined Fleetwood Mac at the age of 17. He was involved in the recording of Then Play, Blues Jam at Chess, Kiln House, Future Games, and Bare Trees. He also played with the band's original lineup, which included Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer, and John McVie.

The guitarist left the band in 1972 after a series of confrontations with Fleetwood and Bob Welch due to his alcoholism.

He continued recording as a solo act and release three unsuccessful albums. However, due to his alcoholism and health problems, he became homeless for a couple of years.

"I've been through a bit of a rough patch but I'm not too bad. I get by and I suppose I am homeless, but then I've never really had a home since our early days on tour," he told The Independent in 1993. "I couldn't handle it all mentally and I had to get out. I can't settle."

Kirwan remained estranged from Fleetwood Mac and was noticeably absent when the band was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

"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, that has now endured for over fifty years," Fleetwood continued. "Thank you, Danny. You will forever be missed."

Fans Pay Tribute To Danny Kirwan

Immediately after news of his passing surfaced on the web, fans sent out their condolences through social media.

Kirwan is survived by his son.

See Now: Ariana Grande 'No Tears Left To Cry': Full Lyrics And Music Video

© 2018 Music Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.

Real Time Analytics