John McVie: Fleetwood Mac Star Has Cancer
Fleetwood Mac's John McVie has been diagnosed with cancer, the band have announced.
The legendary group have cancelled the Australia and New Zealand legs of their tour so that the British-born bassist can undergo treatment for the illness.
A statement on the band's Facebook page said: "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."
Earlier this month, bookmakers stopped taking bets on Fleetwood Mac being named Glastonbury's headline act next year following a flurry of bets.
The band kicked off the European leg of their tour at London's O2 Arena last month, when keyboardist and singer Christine McVie rejoined the band for the first time since 1998.
She was married to John McVie from 1968 until 1977.