NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Bob Welch from Fleetwood Mac performs live on stage at Newcastle City Hall in May 1973 (Photo by
Ian Dickson

Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist/singer Bob Welch is dead at 65. According to the AP, police found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Nashville home.

The singer and guitarist played with Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974. Though he left the band a few years before they found their Rumours-era super-stardom, he did play on the popular albums Bare Trees and Heroes Are Hard to Find, and drummer Mick Fleetwood credited him with helping the band transition from a blues-based outfit to a pop-rock hit machine. 

After leaving Fleetwood Mac, Welch formed the group Paris and recorded as a a solo artist, notching hit singles with "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes."

According to the AP, the police discovered a suicide note next to his body. Welch was said to have unspecified health issues recently.

UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01:  (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of Danny KIRWAN and Bob WELCH and FLEETWOOD MAC; L-R: Christine McVie, John
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