Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green has died at the age of 73.

A statement on behalf of his family reads: "It is with great sadness that the family of Peter Green announce his death this weekend, peacefully in his sleep.

"A further statement will be provided in the coming days."

Peter Green pictured in 2004

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Green formed Fleetwood Mac in 1967 with drummer Mick Fleetwood, bassist John McVie and guitarist Jeremy Spencer. He was behind hits such as Black Magic Woman, Albatross, Oh Well and Man of the World. Green performed with the band for the last time in 1970.

Fleetwood Mac's original line-up: Peter Green, John McVie, Jeremy Spencer and Mick Fleetwood

Green was born in London on October 29, 1946, the youngest of four children. He began teaching himself to play the guitar at the age of 11 and was playing professionally by 15. He is often regarded as one of the best guitarists of all time.

Earlier this year artists including Mick Fleetwood, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Aerosmiths' Steven Tyler performed a concert at the London Palladium to celebrate the music and legacy of Green.