Christine McVie, who played with Fleetwood Mac and wrote some of its most famous songs, has died at the age of 79, her family said. The British singer-songwriter was behind hits such as Little Lies, Everywhere, Don't Stop, Say You Love Me, and Songbird. (Fleetwood Mac Singer-Songwriter Christine Mcvie Has Died At The Age Of 79) He died peacefully at a hospital with his family by his side, a statement said. McVie left Fleetwood Mac in 1998 after 28 years but returned in 2014. The family's statement read: "We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being and revered musician who was universally loved." Born Christine Perfect, McVie married Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie and joined the group in the early 1970s. (Fleetwood Mac Singer-Songwriter Christine Mcvie Has Died At The Age Of 79) Fleetwood Mac became one of the world's most famous rock bands in the 1970s and 1980s. Their 1977 album Rumors, inspired by the breakup of the McVies and other band members Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks, became one of the best-selling albums of all time, selling over 40 million copies worldwide. The Songbirds Behind Some of Fleetwood Mac's Biggest Hits McVie was one of eight band members inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. That same year, following the success of their live album The Dance, he moved to Kent, saying that his fear of flying meant he was leaving the band. But he rediscovered his love of acting in a one-off appearance with the group at London's O2 Arena in 2013 and returned to join them a year later. (Fleetwood Mac Singer-Songwriter Christine Mcvie Has Died At The Age Of 79) "It was unbelievable like I never left. I went back there and there were those same old faces on stage," he told The Guardian newspaper at the time. In 2017, he told BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs program that he had developed agoraphobia after leaving the band. A statement from the band said about McVie: "We were so lucky to have spent living with him. "Individually and together, we deeply appreciate Christine and are grateful for the incredible memories we have had. She will be greatly missed." In a post on Instagram, Stevie Nicks wrote: "A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the entire world since the first day of 1975 has passed away. "I didn't even know she was sick... until Saturday night. She wanted to stay in London, she wanted to go to London, but they told us to wait." “So, since Saturday, a song has been playing in my head over and over again. I thought maybe I could sing it for you, and now I'm singing it for you. (Fleetwood Mac Singer-Songwriter Christine Mcvie Has Died At The Age Of 79) "I always knew that one day I would need these words... Now it's all I can do." In a tweet, the band's co-founder Mick Fleetwood wrote: "It's a day my dear sweet friend Christine McVie has flown in ... to hear us with bated breath to hear the songstress' voice from the worldly Leaving... reminding everyone that love is all around us to reach out and touch this precious life we've been given. "A part of my heart was blown away today... I will miss everything about you, Christine McVie." Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn, who had performed with Fleetwood Mac in place of Lindsey Buckingham on their previous tour in 2008, wrote: "She was a unique and moving musician, an immensely talented songwriter and a wonderfully warm friend, And I am so grateful to have shared a few hours in his beautiful presence." Mark Mercuridis, the owner of the Hipgnosis Songs Fund, which had purchased McVie's back catalog, described him as "arguably the greatest English songwriter". Speaking at the Mobo Awards in London, Merkuridis said: "He had the ability to change people's lives with melody and emotion and lyrics." A Gift For Timeless Pop Songs. Christine McVie was an essential member of the complex cast of characters that made up one of the greatest bands of all time. She was progressing deeply as a singer. She can be both heartbreakingly fragile and powerful as a keyboard player. But above all, he had a gift for writing beautiful and timeless pop songs. His sweet gift for a good chorus was one of the best. She referred to herself as the "Queen of the Hook". In a BBC documentary, he said, "I don't know how to write any other way." "This is what happens." His songs sound simple, charmingly direct, and always honest in their composition and feelings. Few people could have written and sung the lyrics to "I love you, I love you, I love you as you've never before," as she did on the classic Songbird, and it sounded like she loved them so deeply. expressed from The same goes for "I Wanna Be With You Everywhere" on You Make Loving Fun. But his songs were never so simple as to become cliche. "That's the trick to writing a love song," he said. "You can't just say, 'I love you, you love me, where are you, I miss you.' There always has to be a little twist."