Andy Fletcher, founding member and keyboardist of Depeche Mode, has died aged 60.
“We are shocked and filled with immense sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and teammate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” Depeche Mode said in a statement.
“Fletch had a real 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 go out to his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy at this difficult time.”
So far, no cause of death has been revealed.
Fletcher formed the band that would become Depeche Mode in the late 70s with Vince Clarke and Martin Gore. Originally known as Composition of Sound, they would not adopt their final name until recruiting frontman Dave Gahan in 1980. Fletcher’s work appeared on all 14 of the band’s albums. He also participated in each of the group’s world tours. He and the rest of the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.
We are truly saddened to hear this shocking news. Our thoughts are with Fletcher’s friends and family during this difficult time.
— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) May 26, 2022