Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie’s cause of death revealed after singer passed away at age 79

CHRISTINE McVie died of a massive stroke and cancer, it has been revealed.

The Fleetwood Mac star dead aged 79 from an ‘ischemic stroke’ last November while in Hopital.

Christine McVie passed away at the age of 79


Christine McVie passed away at the age of 79Credits: Getty – Contributor
Christine with bandmates Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood in 2018


Christine with bandmates Stevie Nicks, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood in 2018Credit: AP:Associated Press
The star wrote hits like Little Lies, Everywhere and Don't Stop


The star wrote hits like Little Lies, Everywhere and Don’t StopCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Her death certificate was first viewed by The blast.

The star – who wrote hits such as Little Lies, Everywhere and Don’t Stop – was diagnosed with “metastatic malignancy of unknown primary origin.”

It means that cancer had spread in her body where the primary source or tumor was not discovered.

Last year, her family’s statement read: “It is with a heavy heart that we inform you Christine‘s dead.

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“We want everyone to hold Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being and respected musician who was universally loved”.

Christine’s death certificate was sent to court in a bundle of files to settle her $50 million estate.

Her brother and his children are the only heirs, they reveal, and there are several charities as well.


Christine’s stroke was caused by a blood clot blocking an artery leading to the brain.

The certificate also revealed that she suffered from an irregular beating heart.

rock band Fleetwood Macformed in London in 1967, they have sold over 100 million records worldwide making them one of the most successful groups ever.

Their most famous songs are Dreams, Go Your Own Way and Everywhere.

Christine’s devastated bandmates described her as “unique, special and extremely talented” in a heartbreaking tribute.

A statement from Fleetwood Mac said on Twitter: “There are no words to describe our grief over the passing of Christine McVie.

“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.

“We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we deeply cherished Christine and are thankful for the wonderful memories we have. She will be missed so much.”

In the meantime, Stevie Nicks described Christine as her ‘best friend’ in the whole world”.

She said she had only known about Christine’s illness four days before her death, and had wanted to visit her in London.

She wrote on Instagram: “A few hours ago I was informed that my best friend in the entire world had passed away since the first day of 1975.

“I didn’t even know she was sick… until late Saturday night. I wanted to be in London, I wanted to go to London, but we were told to wait.

“So since Saturday a song has been going through my head over and over. I thought maybe I could sing it to her, so I’m singing it to her now.

“I always knew I would need these words one day… That’s all I can do now.”


Mick Fleetwood also paid tribute to his late bandmate saying “a part of my heart has flown away”.

He wrote on Twitter: “This is a day when my dear, dear friend Christine McVie has gone on the run and left us earthbound humans to listen with bated breath to the sounds of that ‘song bird’, reminding everyone to remember that love is everywhere, to reach out and touch us in this precious life that has been given to us.

“Part of my heart flew away today.. I will miss everything about you, Christine McVie.

“Memories abound…they fly to me.”

Despite its tumultuous history, Fleetwood Mac became one of the famous rock bands of the 1970s and 1980s, consisting of Mick Fleetwood, Christine, and John McVie, as well as Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.

For over three decades, Christine was part of the Fleetwood Mac circus – a rollercoaster ride of dizzying highs and crushing lows before she called it quits and retired to the Kent countryside.

Born Christine Perfect in Bouth, Lancashire, Christine had played the piano since childhood, but put aside her classical training when she heard early rock records from Fats Domino and others.

While studying at the Moseley School of Art, she befriended several members of Britain’s emerging blues scene and, in her twenties, joined the band Chicken Shack as a singer and pianist.

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One of the rival bands she admired was Fleetwood Mac, which then featured the talents of blues guitarist Peter Green along with the rhythm section of Fleetwood and McVie.

She joined Fleetwood Mac as a keyboard player in 1970 after marrying John McVie and contributing backing vocals on Kiln House.

What causes a stroke and what are the main symptoms to watch out for?

A STROKE is a life-threatening emergency that can leave patients with long-term health complications.

More than 100,000 people suffer a stroke in the UK each year and are responsible for more than 38,000 deaths.

Meanwhile, there are 1.3 million stroke survivors living in the UK – many living with a disability.

Here we explain everything you need to know about the condition.

What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a life-threatening brain attack, which occurs when blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without blood, the cells in your brain can be killed or damaged.

It can have different effects depending on where in the brain this damage occurs.

It can change the way you think and feel and cause speech problems or weakness on one side.

For some, the effects of a stroke may be relatively minor and fade quickly, but others may develop problems that make them dependent on other people.

About one in eight people who have a stroke die within 30 days, so it’s vital to get medical help as soon as possible – the sooner a person is treated, the more likely they are to survive.

Are there different types of strokes?

There are two main types of stroke.

An ischemic stroke is the most common, accounting for 85 percent of all cases, and is caused by a blockage that cuts off blood flow to the brain.

A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in or around the brain, when a weakened blood vessel that supplies the brain bursts.

What are the symptoms?

The QUICK method – which stands for Face, Arms, Speech, Time – is the easiest way to remember the most common stroke symptoms:

F = Drooping face – if one side of someone’s face is limp or numb, ask to smile, if it’s uneven, get help.

a = Arm weakness – if one arm is weak or numb, ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm floats down, you may need help

S = Speech difficulties – if a person’s speech is slurred, it could be a sign of a stroke

T = Time to call 999 – if a person has the above signs, you should call 999 in the UK or 911 in the US for emergency care.

Other symptoms include:

  • sudden weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • difficulty finding words
  • sudden blurry vision or loss of vision
  • sudden confusion, dizziness or unsteadiness
  • a sudden and severe headache
  • difficulty understanding what others are saying
  • Difficulty swallowing

If any of these symptoms last for less than a few hours, you could be suffering from a transient ischemic attack (TIA).

This seizure, also known as a “mini-stroke,” indicates that there is a problem with the blood supply to your brain.

It is important to contact your GP or local hospital if you experience these symptoms as they may increase your risk of having a stroke in the near future.

What Are the Causes of a Stroke?

Ischemic stroke, the most common form of the condition, occurs when a blood clot prevents the supply of blood and oxygen to the brain. This is usually caused by arteries narrowing over time.

While arteries can narrow naturally with age, other factors, some of which are preventable, can speed up the process:

  • smoking
  • obesity
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • high bloodpressure
  • high cholesterol
  • have diabetes

The less common hemorrhagic stroke is caused by bleeding in or around the brain, which is usually the result of high blood pressure.

Again, the factors that contribute to high blood pressure can often be prevented:

  • being overweight or obese
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • smoking
  • lack of exercise
  • stress, which can cause a temporary increase in blood pressure

What treatments are there?

The NHS says effective stroke treatment can prevent long-term disability and save lives.

Treatments depend on whether a stroke was caused by a blood clot or bleeding around the brain.

Andrew Marr suffered a stroke in 2013, paying thousands of pounds for new treatment in Florida to get rid of his leg brace.

The television presenter opted for anti-inflammatory treatment with the anti-TNF (tumour necrosis factor) drug etanercept.

Other forms of stroke therapy include “virtual physiotherapy” that allowed stroke patients to regain use of their paralyzed arms.

Other drugs designed for rheumatoid arthritis has been found to potentially reverse the damage caused by a stroke.

The Stroke Association recently issued a warning about this patients faced a disability lottery depending on where they lived when accessing treatment.

In February 2018 it was revealed that researchers have developed a new stem cell-based treatment that reduces brain damage and accelerates the brain’s natural healing tendencies.

John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham in 1976


John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham in 1976Credit: Getty
Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood in London in 1987


Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood in London in 1987Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd
She played the piano since childhood


She played the piano since childhoodCredit: Getty