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Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, keyboardist and one of the founding members of British electronic band Depeche Mode, has died. He was 60 years old.
The band’s official Twitter account shared the news on Thursday.
“We are shocked and filled with immense sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and teammate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the statement began.
A cause of death has not been released.
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“Fletch had a real heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint,” the statement continued.
Fletcher formed “Depeche Mode” with bandmates Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke in 1980. Fletcher generally stayed behind his keyboard during his performances, leaving Gahan and Gore to roam the stage. Gore was also the band’s primary songwriter.
Clarke left the group in 1981 and Alan Wilder became the new member. The band enjoyed international success throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
The group was founded in Essex, England, and produced many hits, including “Enjoy the Silence” and “Just Can’t Get Enough.”
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In 2013, Fletcher spoke with Electronic Beats about his role in the popular band.
Fletcher described himself as “the big guy in the background, without whom this international company called Depeche Mode would never work. There’s this big misunderstanding that in guitar bands, real men work real instruments – night after evening – whereas in a group of synthesizers like Depeche Mode nobody works, because they are all machines.
“But that’s bullshit – t. … Apart from the singer, the public doesn’t really know what role has which musician within the band. But bands like Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode actually operate like divisions of work collectives The contribution of each individual remains invisible, and because I don’t push myself to the fore, many take me for the fifth wheel.
The band have sold over 100 million records and placed 54 songs on the UK Singles Chart. Fletcher was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.
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Fletcher leaves behind a wife, Grainne, and two children, Megan and Joe.
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