Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies

Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies

The band's founding drummer, and bandmate of Kirwan, Mick Fleetwood acknowledged the guitarist's passing in a statement for the group on his personal Facebook page on Friday evening. No cause of death has been announced.

"Thank, Danny Kirwan. You will forever be missed!"

"Danny was a huge force in our early years", Fleetwood wrote.

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. Moreover, when the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inducted the band into the organization in 1998, Kirwan didn't even attend the ceremony.

Divorced, Kirwan is survived by a son.

Rolling Stone said the musician joined Fleetwood Mac in 1968, but was sacked during the band's 1972 concert tour due to his alcoholism. 1972's Bare Trees, his last album as a member of the group, had five of his copyrights in its total of ten, including the title song and the wistful instrumental 'Sunny Side Of Heaven'.

Danny was just 18 when he was asked to join the band, with his first single with them, Albatross, making it to number one in the US.

Kirwan released three solo albums in the years following his release from Fleetwood Mac, but disappeared from the music industry around 1980. Kirwan wrote some of the key tracks on those albums, "Sands Of Time", "Child Of Mine", and "Bare Trees".

But due to his continued struggle with alcoholism and mental illness, he wound up homeless on the street.

Later that year, Kirwan was sacked from the band, amid bad behavior and alcoholism.

Kirwan, who was also a songwriter, was sacked in 1972 according to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's website.

No details about his death were immediately available.

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