Danny Kirwan, a guitarist, singer and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac whose work fueled the band’s rise during its early years, died on Friday in London. He was 68.
Fleetwood Mac announced the death in a Facebook post on Friday without specifying a cause. “Danny’s true legacy, in my mind, will forever live on in the music he wrote and played so beautifully as a part of the foundation of Fleetwood Mac, that has now endured for over fifty years,” said a statement attributed to the band and its co-founder Mick Fleetwood.
Mr. Kirwan was only a teenager when he joined the British-American rock band in 1968, but his talent was apparent to the band’s guitarists Peter Green and Jeremy Spencer, the bassist John McVie and the drummer Mr. Fleetwood.
His work was featured on five albums beginning with “Then Play On,” a bluesy 1969 record on which he shared writing and lead guitarist duties with Mr. Green. He wrote half of the tracks on the band’s 1972 album, “Bare Trees.”