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

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Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan has died aged 68.

Fleetwood wrote on his Facebook that "Danny was a huge force in our early years", and his love of the blues led him into the band back in 1968, fifty years ago. No cause of death has been given.

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

"Danny's true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac..."

'You will forever be missed!

Kirwan was born in Brixton, South London, and his guitar skills started attracting attention at an early age. At just 17, he convinced Fleetwood Mac's producer, Mike Vernon, to watch his band Boilerhouse rehearse.

The musician appeared on five of the band's early albums, touring with the ever-changing group from 1968 to 1972.

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The very first album he recorded with the band was on their 1969 compilation album, English Rose, which included tracks like Albatross, and Jigsaw Puzzle Blues.

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

Kirwan released three solo albums in the years following his release from Fleetwood Mac, but disappeared from the music industry around 1980.

By now Kirwan was growing apart from his bandmates, but his contribution to this period in the group's history as a guitarist, vocalist and writer is, like that of his fleeting colleague Bob Welch, hard to underestimate.

Kirwan was sacked by Fleetwood, who became acting manager in the band, in 1972 due to continued confrontations regarding his alcoholism.

According to Variety, no details surrounding his death are immediately available.