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Former Fleetwood Mac musician Lindsey Buckingham suffers vocal cord damage during open-heart surgery

2019-02-09

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist and singer, Lindsey Buckingham, pictured in a hospital bed with his wife, Kristen, suffered vocal cord damage during open-heart surgery. (Twitter / @KBChrush)

Lindsey Buckingham, the longtime guitarist and singer who was pushed out of Fleetwood Mac in 2018, has suffered vocal cord damage during open-heart surgery.

A Buckingham spokesman confirmed the 69-year-old musician was experiencing severe chest pains last week before being transported to a hospital, where he underwent successful emergency chest surgery. With the support of his wife, Kristen, and his children, he is currently recuperating at home.

But during the operation, he suffered an injury to a vocal cord. The family is unsure if the damage is permanent, but is trying to stay optimistic.

Lindsey Buckingham performs with Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 26, 2018, in New York City.
Lindsey Buckingham performs with Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall on Jan. 26, 2018, in New York City. (Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for NARAS)

“Each day, he is stronger than his last,” Kristen Buckingham posted on her Twitter account. “While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is unclear if the damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not.”

In her statement, Kristen claimed Lindsey’s family has a history of heart disease. His father died at the age of 56 and an older brother died from heart-related illness at 46.

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

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In December, Buckingham reached an undisclosed settlement after filing a lawsuit after his Fleetwood Mac bandmates gave him the boot.