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Mick Fleetwood shares his touching Christine McVie eulogy

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Fleetwood Mac co-founder and drummer Mick Fleetwood wrote the moving eulogy for the band’s longtime singer and keyboardist Christine McVie, who died on November 30. He gave the eulogy at a memorial service in Malibu, California. by several members of the band, including Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

While a minor visual presence in the band, McVie (pictured above in 1977, second from left} wrote and sang more Fleetwood Mac hits than any other member, including “Don’t Stop,” “Songbird,” “Over My Head” and “About Me Think.” He died on November 30 at the age of 79 at a local hospital “after a short illness”.

Fleetwood’s eulogy, which he shared on Instagram, appears in full below.

Thank you for coming today as we celebrate our sweet Christine’s incredible life. So when we first learned that we might be losing Christine, the band and the Fleetwood Mac family all came together with the hope and possibility that we wouldn’t lose Chris.

And now since losing Christine, we’re still trying to come to terms with the fact that she really did fly.

In this moment in time, we celebrate her life, here together to help us heal.

I am blessed to be a part of a family that has created a safe space for Chris and the band’s music. I am very honored to have him in my family life for over 55 years. Amy, Lucy, Ruby and Tessa, my four beautiful daughters and extended family grew up sharing life with Christine. We all already love and miss him so much.

The other day when John [McVie, band co-founder and Christine’s ex-husband] And as I sat together and did not know how to come to terms with Christine’s loss, I faltered in a mighty word: I said, “John, the enormity of it all!”

The enormity of our loss, the enormity of his passion, the enormity of his talent, and the overwhelming sense of grace in the way he handled life’s challenges.

I think he would have been really surprised by all the attention and celebration of his music around the world and would have been in complete disbelief that sporting events had to be stopped to pay tribute to him. But that was our Christine, she was a northern country girl who didn’t care about fluff from start to finish. Again, our Christina gave so much to millions of people around the world.

He is remembered everywhere. Just like her song says, “I want to be everywhere with you,” and she is.

It is with a sense of gratitude and thanks to the Fleetwood Mac family that we are a part of… and the loss of such a magical element has given birth to a celebration of what Christine meant to us. We all love him as a family member, as a friend, as an artist, as a performer and god knows, as a great writer. And those years of sharing life together will always be remembered.

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