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Bob Welch, Ex-Fleetwood Mac Member, Dead In Apparent Suicide

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch was found dead in his home in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, a police spokesperson confirms to ABC News Radio.  He was 66.

A police spokesperson told ABC News Radio that Welch was discovered him dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday afternoon.  The spokesperson further added that Welch had recently been dealing with health issues.  A suicide note was left at the scene.

Welch played with Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, before Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham joined the group and they became worldwide superstars.  He had been brought in to replace departing guitarists Jeremy Spencer, who left to join a cult, and Peter Green, who had drug and mental health problems.  Their first album with Welch was 1971’s Future Games; Welch wrote the title track.  The other albums he appears on include Bare Trees, Penguin, Mystery to Me and Heroes are Hard to Find. He resigned in 1974; Buckingham and Nicks replaced him.

Welch went on to have a solo career in the late ’70s, scoring hits with “Sentimental Lady” and “Ebony Eyes.”  He also formed another, short-lived group called Paris.

Oddly, Welch was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Fleetwood Mac when the band received that honor in 1998.  He said in 2003 that he felt that legal issues, plus the fact that he was estranged from Mick Fleetwood at the time, led to the snub.

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