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Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, the co-founder and keyboardist of synth-pop and New Wave stalwarts Depeche Mode, has died. He was 60 years old.
Fletcher’s bandmates announced his death today on social media; Rolling Stone reported that the cause of death was natural causes.
“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the band wrote in a statement. They continued to share that, “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.”
Fletcher was a member of Depeche Mode for over 40 years, and was a member of their official formation in 1980 and was a force on their 1981 debut album Speak and Spell up until their most recent release, 2017’s Spirit. Fletcher played on all 14 of the band’s studio albums and performed at many sold-out arena shows.
In 2020, Fletcher and his Depeche Mode bandmates – Dave Gahan and Martin Gore along with former members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder — were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
See the statement announcing his passing below:
— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) May 26, 2022