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Fleetwood Mac co-founder John Mcvie has been diagnosed with cancer, prompting the band to scrap dates in Australasia.

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The reunited group announced the news on its website, revealing the bass player is taking time off the road for treatment.

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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.

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"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."