FLEETWOOD Mac co-founder Peter Green has passed away at the age of 73.
His family said the music legend passed away peacefully in his sleep in a statement released by lawyers.
The statement from Swan Turton’s attorneys said: “It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.
“A new declaration will be provided in the coming days”.
Peter was from Bethnal Green, East London and was a singer-songwriter and blues rock guitarist.
He co-founded Fleetwood Mac with drummer Mick Fleetwood and Jeremy Spencer on guitar in 1967 – and performed as a British blues band.
Peter wrote one of the group’s greatest hits “Albatross”.
The group’s other early hits include “Oh Well” and Man of the World “.
Peter left Fleetwood Mac after a final performance in 1970 as he struggled with mental health issues.
He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and spent time in hospitals undergoing electro-convulsive therapy in the mid-1970s.
In 1974 Mick was introduced to Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks – who evolved the band’s music into a more pop-rock sound.
Peter was one of eight members of the group – 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 Mick, David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and guitarists Jonny Lang and Andy Fairweather Low performed at the London Palladium in a concert celebrating the early years of Fleetwood Mac and of its founder Peter Green.