Fleetwood Mac star Christine McVie’s cause of death disclosed months after singer died aged 79
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Christine McVie’s cause of death has been revealed months after the Fleetwood Mac singer died aged 79. The star suffered an Ischaemic stroke on November 30, according to her death certificate obtained by US outlets.
The singer was diagnosed with cancer prior to the stroke, with the certificate listing “metastatic malignancy of unknown origin” as a secondary cause of her death. “Atrial fibrillation” and “large atrial thrombus” were also listed as primary causes.
According to the NHS website, ischemic strokes occur “when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain”. It is one of two main types of strokes.
Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition that causes irregular and often rapid heart rhythms while atrial thrombus is a dangerous blood clot that develops in an artery.
The singer’s death was announced by her family last year, following a “short illness”. The family’s statement reads: “It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death.
“We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally.”
Speaking of the band’s future, Mick Fleetwood told reporters at the 65th Grammy Awards ceremony: “I think right now, I truly think the line in the sand has been drawn with the loss of Chris. I’d say we’re done, but then we’ve all said that before.” The drummer continued: “It’s sort of unthinkable right now.”
The group’s last world tour was in 2019, and included a line-up of Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie.