Lindsey Buckingham Suffers Vocal Chord Damage During Emergency Open Heart Surgery

February 11, 2019

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Lindsey Buckingham underwent open-heart surgery last week according to Facebook post by his wife Kristen on Friday night (February 8th). According to the post, Buckingham's surgery resulted in vocal cord damage, although no details of what procedures were undertaken have been revealed. A post-op photo of the couple was posted across Lindsey's social media platforms and shows his face and neck severely bruised.


Heart disease has been a well known issue in Buckingham's immediate family, with his father Morris dying at age 55 in 1974, and Lindsey's oldest brother Greg-- an Olympic silver medalist swimmer in the 1968 Mexico City games and former world record-holder in two events -- also dying of a heart attack in 1990 at the age of 45.

Lindsey and Kristen Buckingham have been married since 2000 and have three children -- William, aged 20; Leelee, 19; and Stella, 14.

Back in 2017 when promoting his and Christine McVie's self-titled album and tour, Lindsey Buckingham spoke to Build Series and touched upon how his work and career intersects with his family: "I'm not one of those kind of people where one's celebrity intrudes on one's life, which is exactly the way I want it for myself and for my family. There's no paparazzi lurking about. But, I think even beyond that, they look at what I do -- I think they have a, sort of, guarded pride and respect for what I do. And at the same time, I think they have a healthy skepticism of show business, which is good."

Upon hearing the news, Fleetwood Mac -- who ousted Buckingham from the band without warning last year -- posted a brief and somewhat antiseptic message on Facebook -- which was copied to Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and Christine McVie's pages untouched -- reading, "We are saddened by this news. Our thoughts and love go out to Lindsey and his entire family. We are hopeful for his speedy recovery."