Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, the keyboard player and founding member of the band Depeche Mode has died. He was 60 years old. No cause of death was announced.
“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.
“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.” No cause of death has been made public at this time.”
Depeche Mode confirmed Fletcher’s passing via a statement:
Fletcher was born in 1961 in Nottingham. In the late 1970s he met up with Martin Gore and Vince Clarke to form the band Composition of Sound. Once Dave Gahan was recited, the quarter rebranded themselves as Depeche Mode. Clarke would depart the group and Alan Wilder would join the band where they would go on to have great success.
Fletcher paid keyboards, synthesizer, and bass. He also handled many of the business affairs of Depeche Mode as the band did not have a regular full-time manager. Many described him as a “tiebreaker” when Gore and Gahan would disagree. There have been several stories he settled a major dispute between Gahan and Gore following 2001’s Exciter album.
Fletcher remained with the group until his passing. In 2020, Fletcher as a part of Depeche Mode was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Photo Credit: Andy Fletcher Social Media