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Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at 68

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Former Mac passed away on June 8. He was 68.

No details of his death were immediately available.

The of his demise was acknowledged in a statement by the group's on

"Danny was a huge force in our early years. His love for the Blues led him to being asked to join Mac in 1968, where he made his musical home for many years.

"Danny's true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years," Fleetwood wrote on the

Born in on May 13, 1950, Kirwan's greatest success came with his role as guitarist, with the blues rock band between 1968 and 1972.

His work featured in albums such as 'Then Play On', 'Blues Jam at Chess', 'Kiln House',?'Future Games?' and 'Bare Trees'.

Kirwan was fired from the band in 1972, reportedly due to alcoholism and the sour interpersonal relationships within the group.

He remained active briefly, recording unsuccessful three solo albums for the British label DJM in between 1975 and 79. His recording career ended at that point. His alcoholism and struggles with mental health left him homeless for several years.

The was inducted into the Hall of Fame with his bandmates in 1998.

Divorced, Kirwan is survived by a son.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 13:45 IST