Bob Welch was an extremely talented musician and songwriter who gained fame when he joined the iconic rock group, Fleetwood Mac, from 1971 to 1974. He also had a very successful solo career in the late 1970s, which produced his signature song, Sentimental Lady. His career fizzled a bit in the 1980s, which caused him to turn to drugs and alcohol as a means to cope, even so, in 1985, he got clean and married his second wife.
In 2012, at age 66, Welch had to undergo spinal surgery. However, despite the surgery, his prognosis looked grim. Still struggling with a considerable amount of pain, he also learned he would soon become invalid. Upon hearing the news, Welch shot himself in his Nashville home, leaving behind a nine-page letter for his wife which included the words, “I’m not going to do this to you.”