Lindsey Buckingham has undergone open heart surgery that has left the former Fleetwood Mac guitarist with damaged vocal cords.
Buckingham's publicist said in a statement the star had experienced chest pains last week and was taken to the hospital where he had the life-saving procedure.
Buckingham is recovering at home with his family.
The 69-year-old rocker's wife, Kristen Buckingham, said on social media it was unclear if the damage after the surgery was permanent.
She says the past year has been stressful, but she is thankful her husband is still alive.
Last year, Buckingham sued Fleetwood Mac after being kicked off the band's new tour. The guitarist-songwriter is seeking his share of the tour income because he felt he was able to perform.
Fleetwood Mac disputes the allegations made by Buckingham.