Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green Passed Away At 73
Blues rock virtuoso and Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died at the age of 73 years old. His family’s legal representatives released a statement confirming the tragic news.
The Swan Turton solicitors said, “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep. A further statement will be provided in the coming days.”
Green formed Fleetwood Mac with Mick Fleetwood in 1967. He also penned some of their most unforgettable hits like “Albatross,” “Man of the World,” “Oh Well,” and “Black Magic Woman” but in 1970, he left the band after recording three albums with them. He struggled with his mental health and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Mick Fleetwood took to social media to write a heartfelt tribute. He wrote, “No one has ever stepped into the ranks of Fleetwood Mac without a reverence for Peter Green and his talent, and to the fact that music should shine bright and always be delivered with uncompromising passion!!! Peter, I will miss you, but rest easy your music lives on. I thank you for asking me to be your drummer all those years ago. We did good, and trail blazed one hell of a musical road for so many to enjoy.”
Green was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 along with past and present members of Fleetwood Mac.
Fellow rockers like Whitesnake singer David Coverdale, Peter Frampton, and Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler also expressed their sadness at Green’s passing.