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Ex-Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Bob Welch Found Dead

Ex-Fleetwood Mac Guitarist Bob Welch Found Dead -

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch has been found dead at his Nashville home, aged 66.

According to local news network WKRN the guitarist, who played with Fleetwood Mac between '71 - '74, was found by his wife with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest at around 12.15 pm.

Bart Herbison, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association, quoted Wendy Welch as saying Welch had spinal surgery three months ago, doctors told him he would not get better and he did not want her to have to care for an invalid.

The couple had no children.

Police spokesperson Don Aaron has said that a suicide note was recovered from the scene and added that Welch had recently been suffering with 'health issues.'

Long-time Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks said Welch's death hit her hard.

"The death of Bob Welch is devastating ... I had many great times with him after Lindsey and I joined Fleetwood Mac. He was an amazing guitar player - he was funny, sweet - and he was smart. I am so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac - so, so sad," she said.

See Bob Welch performing classic track 'Sentimental Lady' with Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac below:



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