Peter Green, an English blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who co-founded Fleetwood Mac, has died. He was 73.
A statement issued on behalf of his family states: “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 formed Fleetwood Mac in 1967 alongside drummer Mick Fleetwood. Green penned numerous songs for the band, many of which appears on Fleetwood Mac’s first three albums. Green left the band in 1970 after struggling with his mental health. He was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia in the mid-70s and spent time in psychiatric hospitals.
He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 along with eight members of Fleetwood Mac, including Mick Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, John McVie, Christine McVie, Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer.
Green’s guitar playing earned him recognition and as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” He was also praised by blues guitarist B.B. King who said, “He has the sweetest tone I ever heard; he was the only one who gave me the cold sweats.”
Friends and fans of Green’s took to social media to honor the late musician. Whitesnake guitarist Bernie Marsden shared a photo of one of his last meetings with Green, calling his his “hero.”