Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Danny Kirwan (1950 - 2018), former Fleetwood Mac guitarist

Danny Kirwan (1950 - 2018), former Fleetwood Mac guitarist

No details about his death were immediately available.

Danny was picked to joined the band by drummer and co-found of the group Mick Fleetwood.

No cause of death has been announced, but the band confirmed his passing in a post on their Facebook page.

DANNY KIRWAN MAY 13, 1950 ~ JUNE 8, 2018 A TRIBUTE FROM MICK FLEETWOOD AND FLEETWOOD MAC Today was greeted by the sad. You will forever be missed!

In a 2015 story for the New York Observer, writer and musician Tim Sommer called Kirwan "one of the great lost figures in rock history (both literally and figuratively)".

Kirwan made his recording debut on the band's #1 United Kingdom instrumental hit, "Albatross", released in November 1968. A frequently bootlegged live recording of the three-guitar lineup captured at the Boston Tea Party in early 1970 showed off Fleetwood Mac's considerable concert firepower. He first appeared on the number-one single Albatros and contributed to the albums Then Play On, Blues Jam at Chess, Kiln House, Future Games and Bare Trees.

He was a key member of the band's late 1960s line-up and was important as a singer and songwriter on the group's albums of the early 1970s. Kirwan went on to make three albums in his own right for DJM Records, but none met with any substantial sales success.

The next few decades, however, Kirwan's struggles continued, and he reportedly suffered from mental health issues and even became homeless, according to Rolling Stone.

Reports suggest Brixton-born Kirwan leaves behind a son.

Along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Peter Green, John McVie, Christine McVie and Jeremy Spencer, Kirwan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 for his contributions to Fleetwood Mac's formative years.

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