Mick Fleetwood, one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac and Welch’s manager during his solo career, had remained in close contact with his former band mate over the years and told Reuters that Welch’s suicide was “incredibly out of character. He was a very, very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking. He was a huge part of our history which sometimes gets forgotten … mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us,” Fleetwood said. “If you look into our musical history, you’ll see a huge period that was completely ensconced in Bob’s work.”
Stevie Nicks released a statement, calling Welch’s death “devastating.” “He was an amazing guitar player – he was funny, sweet – and he was smart – I’m so very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac – so, so sad,” Nicks said.
Welch was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971-1974. He also had a solo album, entitled French Kiss, which featured the hit songs, “Sentimental Lady,” “Ebony Eyes,” and “Hot Love, Cold World.” Welch had been suffering from health issues and did leave a suicide note.