Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Depeche Mode co-founder and keyboardist Andy Fletcher is no more, the band announced on social media on Thursday (May 26).
Fletcher’s bandmates said, “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.”
“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 band added.
Rolling Stone said the legend’s death was due to natural causes.
Fletcher, who was born in Nottingham, England, on July 8, 1961, formed Depeche Mode in 1980 and stayed with the band ever since. The band’s first album was Speak and Spell, and the most recent LP was Spirit, which came out in 2017.
In 2020, Fletcher and his Depeche Mode bandmates Dave Gahan and Martin Gore and former members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark noted Fletcher was “a beautiful person in an amazing band.”
“I knew Andy and considered him a friend. We crossed many of the same pathways as younger men,” tweeted The Curve‘s Lol Tolhurst. “My heart goes out to his family, bandmates, and DM fans. RIP Fletch.”
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