Early member of band Fleetwood Mac, Bob Welch was found dead on his Nashville home by his wife, Wendy with a single gunshot wound on his chest and a suicide note. He was 66.
Welch was suffering from heart problems but the police didn't disclose the details of his condition. Mick Fleetwood, one of the founding members of the band, said that the suicide was "incredibly out of character". Fleetwood remained close to Welch and even became his manager during his solo career; producing a hit called "Ebony Eyes".
"He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking...He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten ... mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us," Fleetwood said.
Welch was the second casualty from Fleetwood Mac this year with the passing of another former guitarist, Bob Weston. He suffered from gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 years old.
Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks called Welch, "an amazing guitar player" and his death as "devastating": "...he was funny, sweet - and he was smart - I'm so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac - so, so sad," Nicks said.