Bob Welch, the ex-member of iconic band Fleetwood Mac, has been found dead at his Nashville home. Police authorities said that he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Bob Welch was 65.
The body of the former iconic rock band’s star was found by his wife on Thursday afternoon. The statement given by the authorities reveals that Bob Welch shot himself in the chest.
Police spokesman Don Aaron said that Welch had been having health issues. He also said that a suicide note was left by Welch.
Besides deteriorating health, there was no apparent reason found by the police as the possible cause of his death. The authorities also assured that no evidence of foul play was available at the crime scene. The content of suicide note has not been disclosed to anyone so far. There is a possibility that his wife has asked not to disclose its content. More details about the suicide case of Bob Welch will be provided to his family after a comprehensive forensic report.
Bob Welch’s demise has left his closed ones deeply aggrieved. Longtime Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks 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 ...," according to a report by CBS News.
Welch, who was the guitarist and vocalist of Fleetwood Mac, stayed with the band from 1971 to 1974. Later in 1976, he formed another group called Paris and released massive hits like “Sentimental lady” and “Ebony Eyes”.
Welch left the Fleetwood Mac due to the band members’ publicized fights and due to the problems with drugs and alcohol.
In an interview in 2003, Welch said he had never dreamed he'd be remembered for much.
"I just wanted to play guitar in a good band," he said. "I wanted to make the music I love. I wanted to travel the world and have adventures," according to a report on Boston Globe.
Welch also said, "music is disposable now. It doesn't have the emotional impact anymore. That's sad," reports Daily Mail.
Welch also went on to record several hits during a solo career.