Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch has been found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.
Nashville Police Department spokesperson Don Aaron told press that a suicide note was found in the home.
The guitarist was a key member of Fleetwood Mac between 1971 and 1974, a period that saw the band begin to transition from their earlier blues-based sound into the widescreen pop group that would record the 40-million-selling Rumours album.
Welch was famously snubbed when the band was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame without him: original members Peter Green, Jeremy Spencer and Danny Kirwan were added, along with the five latter members. "It was a transition. But it was an important period in the history of the band," he told a Cleveland paper at the time of the omission. "Mick Fleetwood dedicated a whole chapter of his biography to my era of the band and credited me with 'saving Fleetwood Mac.' Now they want to write me out of the history of the group. It hurts."
Welch's biggest sales success, however, came with his million-selling French Kiss record in 1977, which was propelled by the hit single Ebony Eyes.