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

Washington: 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,” a magazine has quoted Herbison as saying.

“He had seen his father become an invalid and watched his mother care for him for many years,” Herbison added.