Bob Welch, renowned American musician and former member of Fleetwood Mac, has passed away at the age of 65. Known for his ever green singles, including "Hot Love, Cold World", "Ebony Eyes", "Precious Love", and his signature, "Sentimental Lady", Welch was an integral part of Fleetwood Mac, a British-American rock band formed in 1967 in London.
According to the police, Welch passed away on Thursday due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police spokesman Don Aaron said Welch's wife found him with a chest wound at their south Nashville home around 12:15 p.m. Aaron added that the musician had been suffering from health issues lately and left a suicide note before comitting suicide. Bart Herbison, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association, quoted his wife, Wendy, who said that Bob Welch had gotten a spinal surgery and doctors told him about the possible consequences of him not getting better. Welch was actually worried for his wife and unwilling to make her suffer because of his disability. The couple had no children together and had been living in Nashville since the 1990s.
His family, friends and fans are shocked to hear about his unfortunate suicide. Longtime Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks told The Associated Press she was utterly shaken after hearing about her former band member and friend’s demise.
She 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 ..."
Bob Welch quit the band in December 1974 and was replaced byand Stevie Nicks. The band got more popular after Welch was no more in the band. "Dreams" and "Don't Stop" were No. 1 hits in 1977.
In 1994, Welch sued Fleetwood, John and Christine McVie, band attorney Michael Shapiro and Warner Bros. Records for breach of contract related to underpayment of royalties. Bob Welch wasn’t a part of the band when it was enrolled into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Date of his funeral service has yet to be announced by his family.