Mick Fleetwood shares the poignant eulogy he read at Christine McVie's memorial service

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Monday, 16 January 2023, 1:54PM

Last week Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood reunited in honour of Christine McVie.

The trio celebrated the life of their late Fleetwood Mac bandmate at the Little Beach House Malibu, two months on from her passing, aged 79, after a short illness.

And now Fleetwood has shared the poignant eulogy he read at the memorial service.

Taking to Instagram to share his dedication to his former bandmate, he began: "This is what I presented on Monday 9 2023 at the Celebration of Life for Christine McVie in Malibu, LA where the band members with their/our personal family and extended family of Fleetwood Mac gathered.

"It was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman and an incredible talent."

The speech was posted in full alongside a picture of the two together captioned: "For Christine".

The eulogy started: "Part of my heart has flown away today, I will miss everything about you.

"When we first learned that we might be losing Christine, there was an immediate coming together of everyone in the band and the Fleetwood Mac family with the hope and possibility that we would not lose Chris.

"And now, since the loss of Christine, we are all still trying to come to terms with the fact she has really flown away."

He continued: "I think she would have been truly amazed at all the attention and celebrations of her music around the world and in total disbelief at the fact they were closing down sporting events to pay tribute to her.

"But that was our Christine – she was a North Country Girl from beginning to end, never caring about the fluff.

"Again, it was our Christine who gifted so much to millions around the world. She is being remembered Everywhere. Just as her song says, 'I want to be with you everywhere', and she is."

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The Fleetwood Mac drummer went on to thank the Fleetwood Mac family and ended the eulogy with an ancient Sanskrit poem, which was given to him by his mother and sits next to his bed.

McVie is best known for writing and singing some of their band's biggest hits, including 'Don't Stop,' 'Little Lies,' 'Say You Love Me,' 'You Make Loving Fun' and 'Songbird.'

As well as working with Fleetwood Mac, McVie also released three solo albums.

In 1998, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

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