Beloved Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks photographer Herbert Worthington found dead at home


Herbert “Herbie” W. Worthington III — beloved friend, colleague, and rock music photographer — has passed away. He was 69 at the time of his death. Police found Worthington’s body at his South Pasadena home on Sunday afternoon, according to the South Pasadena Review. Sources close to the investigation reveal that Worthington may have been dead for several days. The cause of his death is unknown.

Worthington is best known for photographing Fleetwood Mac’s iconic 1977 album cover Rumours. Providing the concept, inspiration, and even the foot stool for the Rumours album cover, Worthington captured the mystical allure of the band and was instrumental in creating the iconic imagery (like the crystal ball) that is still associated with Fleetwood Mac today. He continued to have a professional relationship with Fleetwood Mac frontwoman Stevie Nicks, photographing the covers of her first two albums Bella Donna and The Wild Heart, and most of the photos for her third album Rock a Little, among many other projects for her. Worthington also photographed covers for Buddy Miles, Paris, and Lita Ford in his 25+ years as a rock music photographer.

In recent years, Worthington maintained a relatively low profile, but kept in touch with the band. In 1997, Worthington gave an interview for Classic Albums Rumours, a documentary on the recording of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, in which he provided insight into the lively and spontaneous photo session for the album’s cover.  Fans who have met Worthington in person have described him as a warm, approachable man who always had time to talk and sign an autograph.

Herbert Worthington’s work with Stevie Nicks lives on in calendars and posters that he printed and high resolution prints that he has shared with The Nicks Fix, Stevie’s official website.

A tribute page for Worthington has been created on Facebook.

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  1. Hi – This is Birdie. I have been working with Herbie on a few projects, and we share a best friend (Mike Gallo/ 20/20) and as photographers – we both were Nikon, Epson, Apple and studied the old masters – we both drove old MBZ’s, and we even had the same fave rave panasonic tape based answering machines. And, we both had parrots. I am sorry to report that his beloved Macaw, Peggy was also found deceased. If Karen could PLEASE contact me ASAP – we need to talk. I have been by his place, am in touch with his family (they had some contact with him, but we all really felt that Stevie and his other friends) was his true family. I had many discussions with Herbie about his photography and we were going to do a t-shirt line (new one of his old pictures) of Stevie but I got busy with Love’s ‘Black Beauty’ release on High Moon Records, which features just gobs and gobs of his pictures. One will be on a billboard on top of Amoeba Hollywood later this week. We had other projects for the future and I just want anyone to know who is interested in Herbie’s pictures of Stevie that he made it very clear to me that she was set to get all the negatives and own them upon his passing. So, before the dust can even settle – I want this be known and so there is no speculation and if anyone has any licensing needs – to please contact Stevie’s peeps. That said, I need Karen to contact me asap or Stevie’s brother. Thank you. He was a big bear of a boy. We will always love him. Birdie

    • Hi, Birdie: I treasure the photos Herbie did for me back in the late 70’s, but even more, the memories of him. I’m so sorry to hear of his passing, especially as I had hoped to connect with him on an upcoming trip to LA. Glad to know someone will take take of his legacy – there must be some serious treasure there. I know I’d love to have the negs from my shoots, but he would have had not reason to keep those all this time.

      • Please send me your contact info, the exact years, if B&W or color, and anything else you can do to describe them. ..and contact me when you will be here. It may take some time, but I am collecting names and numbers.