Ex-Fleetwood Mac singer/guitarist Lindsey Buckingham undergoes heart surgery, suffers damage to vocal cord

Lindsey Buckingham is back home recuperating from open heart surgery, but the emergency procedure from last week left the former Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist with a damaged vocal cord.

Buckingham’s wife, Kristen, on Friday shared the news of her husband’s recovery from his Instagram account. She let his fans know that the 69-year-old was doing well, but the extent of the damage to his vocal cord was still unknown.

“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,” Kristen Buckingham wrote. “While he and his heart are doing well, the surgery resulted in vocal cord damage. While it is unclear if this damage is permanent, we are hopeful it is not.”

Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie made up the trio of lead vocalists from the most popular and commercially successful iteration of Fleetwood Mac. He sang lead on such hits as “Go Your Own Way” and “Big Love.”

He was an integral part of the band starting in 1975, but the other four members fired him last year, reportedly at the insistence of Nicks.

“Our relationship has always been volatile,” Nicks, who dated Buckingham in the ’70s, told Rolling Stone. “We were never married, but we might as well have been. Some couples get divorced after 40 years. They break their kids’ hearts and destroy everyone around them because it’s just hard. This is sad for me, but I want the next 10 years of my life to be really fun and happy. I want to get up every day and dance around my apartment and smile and say, ‘Thank God for this amazing life.’”

Buckingham sued his former band mates over his dismissal, but he revealed in December that the two sides had settled out of court.

“This past year has been a very stressful and difficult year for our family to say the least,” Kristen Buckingham continued in her IG post. “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.”

She added that Buckingham’s family has had a history of heart issues, and that he had lost both his father and brother to heart-related illnesses.

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