Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died in London aged 68.

"Danny was a huge force in our early years", said a Facebook post signed by Mick Fleetwood, one of the band's founders. The location and cause of death was not known as of early Saturday morning.

Danny Kirwan during a Fleetwood Mac concert in Hannover in Germany in 1970.

As a teenager, Kirwan's band Boilerhouse supported Fleetwood Mac at venues in London before he was invited to join the group itself in 1968.

His work was featured on five albums beginning with "Then Play On", a bluesy 1969 record on which he shared writing and lead guitarist duties with Mr.

He did not attend the ceremony when he and his fellow bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Kirwan continued, stating that his legacy would live on in Fleetwood Mac's music.

Kirwan is survived by his only son.

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Rolling Stone said the musician joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968, but was sacked during the band's 1972 concert tour due to his alcoholism.

Kirwan made his recording debut on the band's #1 United Kingdom instrumental hit, "Albatross", released in November 1968. Green. He wrote half of the tracks on the band's 1972 album, "Bare Trees".

But Kirwan struggled with alcoholism, and he was eventually dismissed from the group in 1972.

When they went on tour in Germany, Kirwan and Green - one of the other members of the band - both took LSD laced with some kind of powerful ingredient which "changed their behavior" in the following years.

Fleetwood Mac released a statement on Facebook about Kirwan's passing.

Kirwan was sacked by Fleetwood, who became acting manager in the band, in 1972 due to continued confrontations regarding his alcoholism.

No details about his death were immediately available.

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