Andy Fletcher, founding member and keyboardist of Depeche Mode, has died at 60 years old.
“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” Depeche Mode said in a statement.
“Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint,” the statement continued.
“Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time.”
So far, no cause of death has been revealed.
Fletcher formed the band that would be Depeche Mode in the late 70s with Vince Clarke and Martin Gore. Originally known as Composition of Sound, they wouldn’t adopt their final name until recruiting frontman Dave Gahan in 1980. Fletcher’s work has appeared on all 14 of the band’s albums. He’s also been in every one of the band’s world tours. He and the rest of the group were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.
We are truly saddened to hear this shocking news. Our thoughts go out to Fletcher’s friends and family during this difficult time.
— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) May 26, 2022