‘I didn’t even know she was ill’: Stevie Nicks pays emotional tribute to late ‘best friend’ and bandmate Christine McVie

Dec 02, 2022
Stevie Nicks shares handwritten note to her late "best friend". Source: Getty

Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks has penned an emotional tribute to her late “best friend” and fellow band member Christine McVie who passed away on Wednesday, November 30 at the age of 79.

Sharing the handwritten note on social media, Nicks said she wasn’t aware her friend was sick and missed the opportunity to say goodbye.

“A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975, had passed away,” Nicks wrote.

“I didn’t even know she was ill until late Saturday night.”

Once she heard McVie was ill, the singer had urgently wanted to get to her bedside and sing her a particular song, close to her heart.

“I wanted to get to London; I wanted to get to London – but we were told to wait. So, since Saturday, one song has been swirling around in my head, over and over and over. I thought I might possibly get to sing it to her, and so, I’m singing it to her now,” she said.

“I always knew I would need these words one day. It’s all I can do now…”

Writing out the lyrics, Nicks dedicated Hallelujah by Haim, to her beloved friend.

“I had a best friend / But she has come to pass /One I wish I could see now / You always remind me / That memories will last / These arms reach out / You were there to protect me / Like a shield /Long hair running with me / Through the field… / Everywhere, / You’ve been with me all along,” the lyrics read.

“Why me? / How’d I get this hallelujah.”

Nicks signed off her emotional note with: “See you on the other side my love”.

“Don’t forget me – always, Stevie,” she wrote.

Fans of both influential women flooded Twitter with messages of condolences.

McVie’s family issued a statement to social media announcing “with a heavy heart” that the 79-year-old had passed away “peacefully” in hospital.

“It is with a heavy heart we are informing you of Christine’s death. She passed away peacefully at the hospital this morning, Wednesday, November 30th 2022, following a short illness,” the statement read.

“She was in the company of her family.

“We kindly ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this extremely painful time and 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.”

Fleetwood Mac issued their own announcement following the passing of their “cherished” band member and “best friend”.

“There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure,” the band said.

“She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life.

“We were so lucky to have a life with her.

“Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”

Listen to the song Nicks dedicated to her cherished friend here.

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