Bob Welch's Death Came After Unsuccessful Spinal Operation; Tributes From Stevie Nicks & Mick Fleetwood

Bob Welch, who passed away last Thursday, took his own life after an unsuccessful spinal operation that was going to leave him an invalid.

The 66-year old guitarist was found by his wife Wendy in their Nashville home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. He left a suicide note.

It has been revealed that Welch had a spinal operation three months ago and it had become apparent that he was never going to recover.

Friends of Welch say he had lived through watching his mother care for his invalid father for years and in his note wrote Wendy “I’m not going to do this to you”.

The former Fleetwood Mac guitarist also received salutes from Stevie Nicks and Mick Fleetwood.

In a statement Stevie said, “The death of Bob Welch is devastating. I had many great times with him after Lindsey and I joined Fleetwood Mac. He was an amazing guitar player – he was funny, sweet – and he was smart. I am so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac – so, so sad.”

Fleetwood said, “He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humour, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking. He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten … mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us. If you look into our musical history, you’ll see a huge period that was completely ensconced in Bob’s work.”

Welch was the guitarist for Fleetwood Mac for five albums from 1971-1975. He also sang lead on many of the songs including his own Sentimental Lady that he later recorded solo for his French Kiss album.

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