Peter Green, a co-founder of rock band Fleetwood Mac, has died aged 73, his family has said.
Swan Turton, solicitors acting on behalf of his family, said in a statement: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.
“A further statement will be provided in the coming days”.
Green, an influential blues rock guitarist, from Bethnal Green in east London, formed Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood in the city in 1967.
He left the band in 1970 as he struggled with mental health problems, before it became one of the biggest-selling acts in rock.
RIP Fleetwood Mac co founder and original lead singer Peter Green. What a belter this is. 'Oh Well' (Live 1969) https://t.co/ljPxo61nQ1
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) July 25, 2020
Green was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospitals undergoing electro-convulsive therapy during the mid-70s.
The musician was among the eight members of the band – along with Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer – who were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
Earlier this year, artists including Fleetwood, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the London Palladium during a gig celebrating the early years of Fleetwood Mac and its founder Peter Green.
Other musicians were quick to pay tribute.
David Coverdale, of Whitesnake, called him “a breathtaking singer, guitarist & composer.”
Film director Edgar Wright tweeted: “RIP Fleetwood Mac co founder and original lead singer Peter Green”, linking to a preformance of one of their hits, Oh Well.