Andy Fletcher dies: Depeche Mode keyboardist dies aged 60

Andy Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of Depeche Mode, is dead. He was 60.

In an opinion posted on TwitterThe band wrote, “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness at the untimely death of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy “Fletch” Fletcher.”

It continued: “Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold beer. Our hearts are with his family and we ask that you think of them and respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Fletcher was born in Nottingham in 1961.

In the late 1970s he formed a band in China called No Romance with schoolmate Vince Clarke – later Erasure – before adding Martin Gore to the line-up in 1980 and changing their name to Composition of Sound. Later that year, vocalist Dave Gahan joined the band and they changed their name to Depeche Mode again.

After the release of the debut album Speak & Spell In 1981, Depeche Mode became one of the largest and most influential groups of the 1980s and early 1990s. Their hits included “Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Personal Jesus,” and “Enjoy The Silence.”

The band was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2020.

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