Lindsey Buckingham Suffers Vocal Cord Damage Following Emergency Open Heart Surgery

Lindsey Buckingham
John Russo

Lindsey Buckingham

Following an emergency open heart surgery this week, Lindsey Buckingham is recovering at home despite having suffered vocal cord injury. 

“Each day he is stronger than the last,” his wife Kristen Buckingham wrote in a statement to The Rolling Stone. “While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is unclear if the damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not.”

The unfortunate event comes less than a year after the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist was kicked out of the band following some differences with Stevie Nicks. “The one thing that does bother me and breaks my heart is we spent 43 years always finding a way to rise above our personal differences and our difficulties to pursue and articulate a higher truth," he said in October. "That is our legacy. That is what the songs are about. This is not the way you end something like this.”

Despite their clashes, Fleetwood Mac wished their former bandmate well on Twitter, writing, "We are saddened by this news. Our thoughts and love go out to Lindsey and his entire family. We are hopeful for his speedy recovery."

Though Kristen did not give specifics as to why Buckingham had to undergo emergency heart surgery, she did note that his family has a history of heart issues and all his upcoming shows would be canceled for the time being. "We feel so fortunate that he’s alive," she wrote.



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