“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness at the tragic passing of our dear friend, family and band member Andy ‘Fletcher’ Fletcher,” the band said. say in
The statement was posted on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday. “Fletch has a real heart of gold and is always there when you need support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint.”
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“Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that you keep them in your heart and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
The announcement did not specify the cause of death.
British electronic band was officially formed in 1980 by Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke. Fletcher has been a member of the band for over 40 years and has appeared on all 14 studio albums, from 1981’s debut “Speak & Spell” to 2017’s “Spirit”.
Considered a pioneer of synth pop, electronics and new wave, band
– Including former members Clark and Alan Wilder – Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020
Their hits included “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy the Silence” from the band’s 1990 album Violator.
Tributes began pouring in for Fletcher shortly after the band announced his death.
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Their Thursday night concert “will be touched by a great sadness as we all say goodbye to Andy Fletcher from Depeche Mode. A beautiful character in an amazing band.”
“I know Andy as a friend. We’ve walked a lot of the same paths as young people,” twitter lol Tolhurst
, a founding member of The Cure. “My heart goes out to his family, bandmates and DM fans. RIP Fletch.”