Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Former Fleetwood Mac singer Lindsey Buckingham suffers vocal cord damage during surgery

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Stacy Diaz | 11 February, 2019, 01:27

Ex Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is recovering from a life-saving open heart surgery that did damage his vocal cords, according to the musician's wife.

Buckingham's wife, Kristen, said that while the rock legend "and his heart are doing well", it remains unclear whether or not the damage to his vocal cords is permanent, though she is "hopeful it is not".

All touring and shows scheduled will be put on pause as Buckingham "gathers the strength to heal completely", she added. Our thoughts and love go out to Lindsey and his entire family.

"This past year has been a very stressful and hard year for our family to say the least", Kristen Buckingham wrote in her Facebook posting.

"We feel so fortuante he's alive".

"Each day he is stronger than the last", she stated. "If anyone is experiencing even the mildest of symptoms we encourage you to seek the care of a physician". We can't thank you enough for all you did for our family.

Last year, Buckingham was involuntarily expelled from the band Fleetwood Mac. Despite being the band's lead singer and guitarist throughout their heyday and their latest reunion tours, he was allegedly kicked out of the band in 2018.

Fleetwood Mac are no stranger to bust-ups, and Buckingham was sacked from the group following a falling-out a year ago with fellow band member and former girlfriend Stevie Nicks at the MusiCares Person of the Year gala.

Two days later, he was dropped from the band's 2018/19 tour after what Buckingham said was a dispute with his former girlfriend, band member Stevie Nicks.