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Fleetwood Mac tour canceled due to co-founder's cancer

Fleetwood Mac has canceled upcoming shows on its current world tour because co-founder John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer, the legendary 1970s band said on its website Sunday.

The statement reads: "Fleetwood Mac, who has just completed the European leg of their phenomenally successful worldwide tour, has announced the cancellation of their upcoming 14 date tour of Australia and New Zealand. John McVie, one of the co founding and original members of Fleetwood Mac is now scheduled to be in treatment for cancer during that period of time. We are sorry to not be able to play these Australian and New Zealand dates. We hope our Australian and New Zealand fans as well as Fleetwood Mac fans everywhere will join us in wishing John and his family all the best.”

McVie, 67, founded the group in 1967 with Mick Fleetwood. Details about his illness were not released. 

The band just completed a series of shows in Europe and the United States and was set to move on to New Zealand and Australia, beginning with a Nov. 10 show in Sydney.

Fans were quick to post well-wishes on the band's Facebook page

"So sorry to hear," fan Terry Byrne posted. "God Bless him and his family. Sending out lifting prayers for healing and quick recovery. We love you John. Thank you for all of your time and music and for being so generous... the quiet one in Fleetwood Mac, but the foundation."