, an early member of rock band Fleetwood Mac
who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as "Ebony Eyes
," died on Thursday of an apparent suicide at home in Nashville, police said.
"Officers discovered Mr. Welch with a single gunshot wound to the chest,
" Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron
"There was a suicide note found at the residence. Mr. Welch had health issues. The police are investigating it as a suicide, and there was no evidence of foul play.
Welch, 66, was found by his wife.
He played guitar and was a vocalist with Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, before the band found its largest measure of fame on albums such as 1977's "Rumours
" after Lindsey Buckingham
and Stevie Nicks
joined the group.
Welch worked on early Fleetwood Mac albums such as "Future Games
" and "Bare Trees.
The singer and guitarist left Fleetwood Mac in 1974 and formed a hard rock group called Paris
. Three years after that, he released his solo album, "French Kiss
," which went platinum and produced the hits "Sentimental Lady
" and "Ebony Eyes
Thanks for the report to Jam!Canoe