The influential new wave band’s co-founder and keyboardist Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher has died aged 60.
Fletcher’s bandmates shared the news yesterday (26 May) via social media. “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the statement reads. “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.”
“Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time,” the band’s post concluded. In the wake of Fletcher’s death, tributes have been pouring in to the late musician. Pet Shop Boys, Alison Moyet and The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst are among those who have paid their respects to the late musician.
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Fletcher was part of Depeche Mode for over 40 years from the band’s official inception in 1980 through to their most recent 2017 LP Spirit. In 2020 Fletcher was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with fellow founding members Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke.
Read a selection of tribute posts to Fletcher below.
We’re saddened and shocked that Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has died. Fletch was a warm, friendly and funny person who loved electronic music and could also give sensible advice about the music business. pic.twitter.com/tOMQaeaFoc
— Pet Shop Boys (@petshopboys) May 26, 2022
I have just heard the news. Since we were 10. Same estate. Class mates to label mates. He who kept faith with all the old gang and they with him. It doesn’t compute. Fletch. I have no words. #andyfletcher
— Alison Moyet (@AlisonMoyet) May 26, 2022
— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) May 26, 2022
Very sad news today. Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has passed. I knew Andy and considered him a friend. We crossed many of the same pathways as younger men . My heart goes out to his family, bandmates, and DM fans. RIP Fletch.
— Lol Tolhurst (@LolTolhurst) May 26, 2022
R.I.P. Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode, thanks for everything you did pic.twitter.com/cy4F495DaO
— goth music videos (@goth_videos) May 26, 2022