Bob Welch

Fleetwood Mac

Died: 2012-06-07
Age: 65
Cause: Suicide

Bob Welch, former member of Fleetwood Mac, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He was 65. Welch's wife found him on Thursday with a chest wound at their Nashville home around midday local time. Welch, originally from Los Angeles, was a guitarist and vocalist with Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the group Paris in 1976, and had hits including Sentimental Lady and Ebony Eyes in the late-70s. Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham sang backing vocals on Sentimental Lady. His other singles included Precious Love and Hot Love, Cold World. The police said Welch apparently had health problems. He said a suicide note was left. As a songwriter, Welch had his songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Sammy Hagar, the Pointer Sisters and others. In 1999 he released the album Bob Welch Looks at Bop, a tribute to bebop. In an interview in 2003, Welch said he never thought he'd be remembered for much. "I just wanted to play guitar in a good band," he said. "I wanted to make the music I love. I wanted to travel the world and have adventures."

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