Lindsey Buckingham: Open Heart Surgery; Mac Reacts

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Lindsey Buckingham and his wife, Kristen Buckingham via his Facebook page

Lindsey Buckingham has suffered vocal cord damage as a result of open heart surgery that he had last week. The news was revealed by his wife, Kristen Buckingham, on the musician’s social media platforms on February 8. She wrote that he is now “recuperating at home and each day he is stronger than the last.” Read her complete statement below.

Buckingham had a highly visible divorce from Fleetwood Mac one year ago. The band is currently on a world tour with two replacements – the Heartbreakers’ lead guitarist Mike Campbell, and longtime Split Enz/Crowded House guitarist-vocalist Neil Finn. Buckingham spent much of his time last year organizing an anthology and performing on a solo tour.

Fleetwood Mac acknowledged the news in a brief statement several hours after the news broke. “We are saddened by this news. Our thoughts and love go out to Lindsey and his entire family. We are hopeful for his speedy recovery.”

In recent weeks, he had noted that he was planning on scheduling 2019 concerts and one such date has already shown up. He’s listed as playing at the Doheny Blues Festival on May 18-19. That performance certainly appears in doubt, for now.

Related: Our review of a Buckingham concert in October 2018

Kristen Buckingham’s complete statement:

I am sad to say that late last week Lindsey underwent emergency open heart surgery. He is now recuperating at home and each day he is stronger than the last. While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is is unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not.

This past year has been a very stressful and difficult year for our family to say the least. But despite all this, our gratitude for life trumps all obstacles we have faced at this moment. We feel so fortunate he’s alive. As does he. He looks forward to recovery and putting this behind him. Needless to say, all touring and shows currently scheduled have been put on pause for the moment as he gathers the strength to heal completely.

Our family thought it important to share what’s happening with Lindsey with the hope that inspires someone else to seek preventative care. Lindsey’s family has a history of heart issues, having lost both his father at 56 and his brother at 46 to heart related illness. If anyone is experiencing even the mildest of symptoms we encourage you to seek the care of a physician.

We are so thankful for the kind and generous love given by the people surrounding Lindsey, me and our kids throughout this emotional time. We can’t thank you enough for all you did for our family. We will never forget you. XO

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  1. SHIRLEY
    #1 SHIRLEY 9 February, 2019, 01:36

    LINDSEY, Sorry to Hear about Health Crisis. Just FOCUS on a Speedy Recovery and Returning to Performing in the Near Future. You know we Love your MUSIC. Get Well Soon… All the Best!!

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  2. Scottydog
    #2 Scottydog 10 February, 2019, 01:59

    So sorry to hear about Lindsey…far out, if it isn’t enough getting basically ‘pushed out’ of Fleetwood Mac after all Lindsey has inventively contributed over the many years, he then has open-heart surgery. Thank goodness he is on the road to recovery and my prayers are with you all that his precious vocal chords will heal.

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