08:36 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 06/08/2012 04:55PM
Fearing that spinal surgery would leave him an invalid needing constant care, Bob Welch told his wife in a suicide note: "I'm not going to do this to you," according to a friend.
The body of the former Fleetwood Mac member and successful solo artist was found in his Nashville home Thursday by his wife Wendy. The musician, 65, had shot himself in the chest, police say.
Family friend Bart Herbison, executive director of the National Songwriters Association, says Welch underwent spinal surgery about three months ago, The Tennessean reports.
Originally posted 06/07/2012 06:00PM
Bob Welch, a singer-guitarist who left Fleetwood Mac for a successful solo career with such 1970s hits as "Ebony Eyes" and "Sentimental Lady," was found dead in his Nashville home of an apparent suicide on Thursday. He was 65.
Welch, who was believed to have suffered health problems recently, shot himself in the chest and left a suicide note, says police spokesman Don Aaron, according to the Associated Press.
Welch's wife found his body Thursday afternoon.
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