Danny Kirwan, Former Member of Fleetwood Mac, Dies at 68

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Fleetwood Mac, 1969. Left to right: bassist John McVie, guitarist Danny Kirwan, drummer Mick Fleetwood, guitarist Jeremy Spencer (background) and guitarist Peter Green.

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer Danny Kirwan passed away in London on Friday (June 8). The news of his death was confirmed by Mick Fleetwood on the band's official Facebook page.

Kirwan joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968 and contributed to several albums, including Then Play On, Blues Jam at Chess, Kiln House, Future Games and Bare Trees. The first song he recorded with the group was 1968's instrumental single "Albatross."

"Today was greeted by the sad news of the passing of Danny Kirwan in London, England. 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," Fleetwood wrote. "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."

Kirwan was asked to leave the band while on tour in 1972, reportedly due to his alcoholism. He went on to release a handful of solo albums, and in 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with other members of Fleetwood Mac.

Kirwan's cause of death has not been made public.