Bob Welch suicide note reveals thoughts of burdening wife

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

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.



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