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Andy Fletcher, a founding member of Depeche Mode, died at the age of 60.

Andy Fletcher, a founding member of Depeche Mode, died at the age of 60.

 

Andy "Fletch" Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of the legendary British electronic band Depeche Mode, has died. He was 60 years old.

The announcement was made via Depeche Mode's official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon.


"Fletch had a real gold heart, and was always there when you needed support, a vibrant discussion, a good laugh, or a cold pint," according to the post. The cause of death was not determined.


Fletcher founded Depeche Mode in 1980 with Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Vince Clarke, who was previously regarded as the group's auteur before unexpectedly resigning after their debut album, leaving Gore as the primary songwriter ever since.


"Fletch" was the least flamboyant of the core trio, typically hiding behind the keyboards while the more expressive Gahan and Gore roamed the stage, but nevertheless lifting his arms to incite the throng.


During Fletcher's time with the band, they sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and had 54 singles appear on the UK Singles Chart. Fletcher was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 as a member of Depeche Mode.


"We live in a democracy. We will not do anything if someone does not want to do it "Fletcher stated this in a 2017 interview with The Skinny in the United Kingdom.


"Martin and Dave reside in the United States, and I live here, but it has no effect on our connections. Martin and I are really close. If that makes sense, Dave is more like a brother to me. The energy created by bands, however, distinguishes them from solo musicians. A band can't always stand each other, but that tension creates for wonderful music. It's the same with Depeche Mode; we have times when we don't like each other and times when we do. The energy produced amongst us all is what creates wonderful music."

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