Published Jan 06, 2012Bob Weston, a guitar player for Fleetwood Mac in the early '70s, was found dead in his London home this Tuesday (January 3). He was 64 years old.
A report from Reuters explains that police discovered the body after neighbours had become concerned they hadn't heard from him in a few days. It's unclear at this point exactly when Weston passed away, but officials are not treating the death as suspicious. An autopsy report has since revealed he died of a gastric intestinal hemorrhage, cirrhosis and throat problems.
A message from Steve Fairhead, who maintains Weston's website, reads, "My family and I have lost a dear friend; the world has lost an enormously talented musician, with unfinished business."
Weston was brought into the Fleetwood Mac fold in 1972 to replace Danny Kirwan, and ended up recording on Penguin and Mystery to Me, both released in 1973. He was noted for injecting slide-style work onto the Penguin's title track, and had written the instrumental closing number ("Caught in the Rain") on the LP as well.
The six-stringer's tenure in the group was short-lived, however. Two years after he joined, he was fired during an American tour by drummer Mick Fleetwood after it was discovered that the guitarist was having an affair with his wife, Jenny Boyd.
Throughout his career, Weston had played on albums by Murray Head, Sandy Denny, Long John Baldry and more. He even played on Danny Kirwan's 1979 Hey There Big Boy!. Weston also released a handful of solo albums, with Fleetwood appearing on 1981's Studio Picks. His last solo set was 1999's There's a Heaven.