Christine McVie, the singer and songwriter of the British-American band Fleetwood Mac, died Wednesday. She was 79.

A statement from McVie's family on Facebook said she passed away peacefully at a hospital following a short illness.

"She was in the company of her family. We kindly ask that you respect the family's privacy at this extremely painful time, and we would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being, and revered musician who was loved universally. RIP Christine McVie," the post read.

With Fleetwood Mac, McVie earned five gold, one platinum, seven multi-platinum and one multi-diamond album certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. Fleetwood Mac's 1977 album "Rumours" was one of the best-selling albums of all-time, selling more than 40 million copies worldwide.

In 1998, McVie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside eight other members of the band.

McVie was born Christine Anne Perfect in Lancashire, England. She joined the band and married Fleetwood Mac's bassist John McVie in 1971. The couple divorced in 1978 but continued to perform and tour together.

Christine McVie was a member of the band from 1971-1998, writing some of their most popular songs including "Say You Love Me," "You Make Lovin' Fun," and "Don't Stop."

She took a brief hiatus from the group and reunited with the group in 2014.

Christine McVie's 2021 deal to sell assets from her 115-song catalog to music company Hipgnosis, as well as her four decades touring with the band, were a financial boon. The blog Celebrity Net Worth estimated her net worth at $105 million.

Her death is being mourned by her bandmates, who posted a tribute on Twitter.