The cause of Christine McPhee’s death was revealed as a stroke, with cancer as a secondary factor the people reports.
After her death in November 2022, the artist’s family said Fleetwood Mac passed away “after a short illness”. But McPhee’s death certificate, which was first obtained by The Blast, indicates she suffered a stroke, which occurs when a blood clot blocks or narrows an artery leading to the brain, preventing brain tissue from receiving oxygen and nutrients. She was also diagnosed with a “metastatic tumor of unknown primary origin,” which means that cancer cells had spread throughout her body from an unknown location.
McPhee’s death certificate also states that the artist had “atrial fibrillation,” an irregular and often very fast heartbeat that can lead to blood clots in the heart. Atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke in patients.
McVie’s death at the age of 79 sent shockwaves through the music industry. “There are no words to describe our grief at the passing of Christine McPhee,” Fleetwood Mac said in a statement. “She was truly one of a kind, special, and immeasurably talented. 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 the life with her. Individually and collectively, we cherish Christine deeply and are so grateful For the wonderful memories we have. We will miss her very much.” Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood and Lindsey Buckingham also wrote their own solo tribute to their fellow bandmate.
In addition to written tributes, many musicians have honored McPhee with performances. The First Aid Kit covered the artist’s famous track “Songbird” and Stevie Nicks dedicated “Landslide” to her friend, while the Grammys enlisted Mick Fleetwood, Quavo, and Casey Musgraves to honor McPhee, Loretta Lynn, Quavo, and other deceased musicians during their 2023 segment “In Remembrance.”