Peter Green, Founding Member of Fleetwood Mac, Dies at 73



While Green was in the band, they produced three albums and several hits, including “Black Magic Woman” and “Oh Well.” Green left Fleetwood Mac due in part to his mental health struggles. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent some time in the hospital in the mid-1970s, Entertainment Weekly reported.

In 1998, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside McVie and Fleetwood, as well as Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer, who joined Fleetwood Mac after Green’s departure.

The Whitesnake's Bernie Marsden shared a tribute to Green on Twitter, posting a photo taken of the pair of them this past February. Marsden called Green his "hero."

“I can’t quite express my feelings this afternoon after learning of Peter’s death. I’m just thinking of the times we spent together in the last couple of years, hanging out with him at his home was very special,” he wrote. “A memory I’ll cherish. He made me laugh, cry, wonder, and never failed to make me pinch myself when we were alone one to one.”

Marsden continued, “As a musician I can only be one of the millions he touched, his talent for guitar playing, vocals and harmonica would have been more than most people could have possibly wished for, and then you add those wonderful songs, original, vibrant, atmospheric, outright psychedelic and so much fun, to listen to and witness. Those early days of Fleetwood Mac will stay in my mind forever. Many more words will be written and spoken about Peter, but I will – very simply – just miss him.”

Green married Jane Samuels in 1978, and they divorced the following year. The couple shared daughter Rosebud, and Green was also a father to son Liam Firlej.

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