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Bob Welch wrote he didn't want to burden wife in suicide note

Washington, June 9 : Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch had written a suicide note to his wife Wendy saying that he didn't want to burden her, before he shot himself in the chest on Thursday.

A friend said that Welch told his wife in a suicide note: 'I'm not going to do this to you,' fearing that spinal surgery would leave him an invalid needing constant care.

The body of Welch was found in his Nashville home by his wife Wendy.

According to the Tennessean, family friend Bart Herbison, executive director of the National Songwriters Association, said Welch underwent spinal surgery about three months ago.

'It had become apparent to Bob that he was not going to recover, that he was going to become an invalid,' People quoted Herbison as saying.

'He had seen his father become an invalid and watched his mother care for him for many years,' Herbison added. (ANI)

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6/8/2012


Investigators have learned the reason for former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch's suicide from a note he left for his wife Wendy.

Welch’s death was announced yesterday when his wife found him lifeless from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest in their Nashville home.

The suicide note read, “I'm not going to do this to you," People reports. Welch was referring to the spinal surgery he underwent three months ago, fearing he would never recover from the impact.

The Tennessean reports that family friend Bart Herbison, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association, said, “It had become apparent to Bob that he was not going to recover, that he was going to become an invalid. He had seen his father become an invalid and watched his mother care for him for many years."

Herbison said the couple had been very close and Wendy often traveled with her husband.

“I’ve been privileged to meet a lot of famous musicians throughout the years. Your fame and notoriety will take you to a lot of places where you have to go by yourself, but not Bob. He never went anywhere without Wendy.”

Details of a funeral or memorial have yet to be announced.