Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at 68

music news 11/06/2018

It is with great sadness to announce that Danny Kirwan has passed away on June 8.

Fleetwood Mac shared the unfortunate news via their Facebook page.  However, the former guitarist's cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

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 part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years. Thank you, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed!"

- Mick Fleetwood & Fleetwood Mac

You can read the full post below.

Kirwan was only 18 years old when Mick Fleetwood has asked him to join the band in August 1968, turning Fleetwood Mac into a five-piece with three guitarists. 

His first gig with the band was at the Nag's Head Blue Horizon Club in London on August 14. Albums that feature Kirwan's guitar work are Then Play On, Blues Jam at Chess, Kiln House, Future Games and Bare Trees.

In 1972, Fleetwood Mac fired Kirwan due to his alcoholism. On one occasion after a heated argument with Welch before a concert for the Bare Trees tour, Kirwan smashed his Gibson Les Paul guitar while lashing out and refused to go onstage.

However, that did not stop Kirwan from making music as he went on to release four solo albums.

In 1998, Kirwan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work when he was in Fleetwood Mac.

May he rest in peace.

Fleetwood Mac poses for a portrait in 1968