Co-Founder and keyboardist of the iconic group Depeche Mode, Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher died at 60.
Announcing his death on social media, the 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.”
They went on to say “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
After the band was officially formed in 1980, they have been together for 40-plus years. In 2020, Fletcher and longtime band members Dave Gahan and Martin Gore and former members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their pioneering role in the synth-pop, new wave, and electronic music movements; the band has also played an influential role in heavy metal.
Rest in peace Andy Fletcher.
Massive fan of Depeche Mode whose music was a big part of my childhood and inspired me.
— Jono Grant (@jonogrant) May 27, 2022
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
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
SP is saddened to learn about the passing of the legendary and inspirational Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans at this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/qHt7XtnF97
— The Smashing Pumpkins (@SmashingPumpkin) May 27, 2022
We mourn the loss of our dear friend Andrew Fletcher who passed away yesterday. Such an integral part of Depeche Mode from the very start of their remarkable journey, he will be missed beyond words. pic.twitter.com/AV8hE03TwH
— Mute (@MuteUK) May 27, 2022
I am so sad to hear the news of the passing of @depechemode keyboardist Andy Fletcher. An awesome musician and a huge influence to those of us who grew up in the 80s. #RIPFletch https://t.co/K0WcKYZDrX
— Stacey Jackson (@staerox) May 26, 2022
H/T – Rolling Stone