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Ex-Fleetwood Mac Member

Commits Suicide

6/7/2012 2:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A former member of the iconic rock band Fleetwood Mac was found dead at his Nashville home today after shooting himself -- this according to Nashville Police.

66-year-old Bob Welch's body was found by his wife around noon. According to police, Bob shot himself in the chest.

Police say Welch -- who had health issues recently -- left a suicide note.

Welch was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, and had hits including "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes."

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46.

Cujeaux    

Poor guy. I like his video from Cal Jam2 with Stevie Nicks.

831 days ago
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mintjulep    

Who ever does the 'math' for TMZ, *cough* Mike, needs to recalculate Bob Welch's age. The man was 65, soon to be 66. God rest his soul.

830 days ago
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Zephyr, Enemy of #LittleWhores    

For those who call Mr Welch's suicide "selfish": How can one make a judgement like that without having been in his shoes? Apparently, he was suffering from a long illness, possibly cancer, and just couldn't take another day of sickness and pain. If I'm ever in that position, I'm sure suicide would be an option I would consider, depending on how bad my quality of life is at that time.

Perhaps if states would allow doctor-assisted suicide, then maybe some of these people will have a more dignified way out. As if dying of cancer wasn't bad enough, at least allow people a way to die with dignity, rather than wasting away at home or at some hospice.

830 days ago
49.

Nishima    

Check out what police has to say on Bob Welch's suicide.. http://liveoncampus.com/wire/show/3386405

830 days ago
50.

bronaugh     

Musical legends are all dying out, its sad

830 days ago
51.

J Adams    

Too Bad TMZ have the wrong picture up. That's not Bob Welch

830 days ago
52.

Shady's slave    

This is shocking and sad. Mr Welch and his talent will be missed. As far as Fleet Wood Mac goes they can lick balls. It's a travesty he was not included in The Rock and roll Hall of Fame along with the rest of the band members. Mick Fleetwood must have felt threatend by Bob. And as far as Stevie going on about how upset she is..where were you honey when Bob was being ignored during your induction to the Fame..hu? I never listen to Fleetwood Mac anymore even though I used to love their music and have seen them live many times in the early /mid 70's. They suck. RIP B.W.

830 days ago
53.

Mo Green    

Bummer !!

830 days ago
54.

DaveT    

Just for record, in the case any friends or family members of Bob read the TMZ article, none of my previous comments were meant to imply that any of Bob's friends family or loved ones had anything to do with his situation, his reasons for making the choice he did could be any number of reasons, including health, and none of them having anything to with the subjects I discussed....ie men being ignored etc....I'm sure he was loved and his situation is as unique as anyone's.

830 days ago
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ITGrouch    

According to People magazine, he recently had spinal surgery and a family friend said Bob was going to be an invalid and Bob's father was an invalid and his mother spent years taking care of his father. According the suicide note, he did not want to burden his wife with what his mother went through. We are fortunate to have his musical legacy to listen to and I sincerely hope the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally recognizes him as a member of Fleetwood Mac.

826 days ago
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