Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at 68

Brenda Watkins
June 11, 2018

Further details about Kirwan's death have not been released.

Mick Fleetwood announced the passing of his bandmate, calling him a "huge force" for the iconic band's early years. Danny played a key-role in Mac's band during the late 1960's and early 1970's.

Fleetwood said Kirwan's "love for the blues" led the guitarist to join the Grammy award-winning band, which is known for hits like Landslide and Dreams, in 1968. Kirwan continued, stating that his legacy would live on in Fleetwood Mac's music. "Thank you, Danny. You will forever be missed".

Kirwan was still a teenager when he was asked to join Fleetwood Mac, and the guitarist stayed with the band until 1972.

A singer, songwriter, and guitarist for Fleetwood Mac, Kirwan was just 18 when he joined the beloved band.

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He held his own opposite Green and Spencer on the subsequent singles "Oh Well", "Rattlesnake Shake" and "The Green Manalishi", and his playing powered the classic 1969 set "Then Play On".

Fleetwood later commented in the 1995 film Rock Family Trees: The Fleetwood Mac Story that he did not think Kirwan ever forgave him for the firing.

The group, formed in 1967 and named for Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, is still on tour with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

But Kirwan struggled with alcoholism, and he was eventually dismissed from the group in 1972. Kirwan went on to make three albums in his own right for DJM Records, but none met with any substantial sales success. His recording career ended at that point; his alcoholism and severe mental health problems left him homeless for several years. He battled homelessness in the 80s and 90s and was among the eight members of the band who were inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998, although he did not attend the ceremony.

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