Depeche Mode Keyboardist Andy Fletcher Dies Unexpectedly at Age 60 💉
The band said they were “shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate.”
Fletcher, who was 60, was a founding member of the band which found success with their dark electronic sound with hits including Personal Jesus.
Depeche Mode had chart success in the 1980s and 1990s with singles including New Life, Enjoy the Silence and Just Can’t Get Enough.
The group was founded in Basildon in 1980 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years ago.
In a statement posted on social media, the band said: “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.”
— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) May 26, 2022
Fletcher, who was born in Nottingham, remained with the band throughout its four-decade history, which included two number one albums, Ultra and Songs of Faith and Devotion.
His last studio album with the band was 2017’s Spirit, their 14th, which reached number five in the UK albums chart.
He leaves behind wife Grainne, to whom he was married for almost 30 years, and two children, Megan and Joe.
Grainne Fletcher: Feeling ÜBER vaccinated right now. Two Johnson & Johnson vaccines earlier this year (yes, TWO) topped up by a Pfizer booster shot yesterday. But we need to vaccinate the world. Let’s step it up 🌍💉💉💉🌍 #boostervaccine #pfizer #janssen #johnsonandjohnson #getvaccinated