Reuters has confirmed that Bob Welch, an early member of Fleetwood Mac and a successful solo musician, has died. The cause of death appeared to be a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was 66.
“He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking,” said Mick Fleetwood, a founding member of Fleetwood Mac, in a statement to Reuters.
It was also reported that Welch had recently diagnosed with health problems, the cause of which police wouldn’t immediately disclose. Welch’s body was found by his wife, Wendy, in his Nashville home where a suicide note was found.
Welch was born Aug. 31, 1945 in Los Angeles. After studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, Welch joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971 after the departure of Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer. He appeared on albums that included Future Games and Bare Trees before ultimately leaving the group in 1975.
Welch would later record a successful solo album French Kiss in 1977, which included songs like “Sentimental Lady” and “Ebony Eyes.” French Kiss was released the same year as Fleetwood Mac’s wildly successful Rumors, which featured newly added members Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. He released two albums in the last decade that included previously unreleased material that included material from his years with Fleetwood Mac.