Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch found dead after shooting himself in chest

Former Fleetwood Mac band member Bob Welch has been found dead after apparently committing suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 66.

Police say Welch was found dead by his wife after shooting himself in the chest at their Nashville home at around 12:15 pm local time today.

The U.S. musician had had health issues recently, according to police spokesman Don Aaron, who confirmed a suicide note was left.

The spokesman would not elaborate on specific details regarding Welch's health - but added that there was no evidence of foul play.

Welch, who also had a solo career, was a guitarist and vocalist for Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974 and worked on albums such as Future Games and Bare Trees.

He formed the British rock group Paris in 1976, and had hits including Sentimental Lady in 1977 and Ebony Eyes in 1978.

Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham did backing vocals on Sentimental Lady.

Fleetwood Mac's career took off in the mid-1970s after Welch left the band.

Dreams was a No. 1 hit in 1977 and Don't Stop the same year.

It later became the anthem for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. Hold Me was a hit in 1982 and Little Lies in 1987.

Welch, a native of Los Angeles, scored his biggest hit with Sentimental Lady, which reached No. 8 on the Billboard chart.

His other singles included Precious Love in 1979 and Hot Love, Cold World in 1978.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”