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Police: Musician Bob Welch kills self

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 12:55 PM EDT, Fri June 8, 2012
British-American band Fleetwood Mac formed in 1967. John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Welch and Christine McVie pose in front of the Hollywood sign circa 1970. British-American band Fleetwood Mac formed in 1967. John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Bob Welch and Christine McVie pose in front of the Hollywood sign circa 1970.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Welch's death is "devastating" and "so,so sad," Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks says
  • Welch's wife found his body in their Nashville home Thursday afternoon, police say
  • "All indications are that it was a suicide," a police spokesman says
  • Welch played guitar with Fleetwood Mac from 1971 until late 1974

(CNN) -- Bob Welch, a guitarist who played with Fleetwood Mac before launching a solo career, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his chest, Nashville, Tennessee, police said Thursday. He was 66.

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Welch's wife found his body in their Nashville home about 12:15 p.m., Nashville Police spokesman Don Aaron said.

Bob Welch played guitar with Fleetwood Mac starting from 1971 to 1974.
Bob Welch played guitar with Fleetwood Mac starting from 1971 to 1974.

"All indications are that it was a suicide," Aaron said. A suicide note was found, he said.

Welch played guitar with Fleetwood Mac starting in 1971. He left the group in late 1974, just before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks joined the group.

Nicks said in a statement that Welch's death was "devastating."

"I had many great times with him after Lindsey and I joined Fleetwood Mac," singer Nicks said. "He was an amazing guitar player -- he was funny, sweet -- and he was smart.

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"I am so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac -- so,so sad," Nicks said.

Welch's biggest hits, "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes" came from his debut solo album "French Kiss," released in November 1977.

CNN's Douglas Hyde and Michael Martinez contributed to this report.

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