Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode Has Died Aged 60 (Latest Updates)
Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has died a Sad News for All of his fans, Andrew Fletcher, the keyboardist for the British electronic band Depeche Mode and one of its founding members, died at age 60. In a statement posted on social media, the band said, “We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy “Fletch” Fletcher.”
The band got started in Basildon in the late 1970s. They have had 17 albums that reached the top 10 in the UK, and songs like “Enjoy the Silence,” “Personal Jesus,” and “Just Can’t Get Enough” have done well on charts around the world.
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In their statement, the band said, “Fletch had a truly golden heart and was always there when you needed help, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint.” We feel bad for his family, and we ask that you think about them and give them privacy during this hard time.”
— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) May 26, 2022
Fletcher was born in Nottingham in 1961. He then moved to Basildon, where he met Martin Gore and Vince Clarke and formed the band Composition Of Sound in the late 1970s. With singer Dave Gahan on board, they changed their name to “Depeche Mode,” and went on to have a string of hits in the early 1980s.
Clarke left the band and went on to start Yazoo and then Erasure. Gore took over as chief songwriter, and when Alan Wilder joined, the band’s sound became darker and more gothic. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, they were a huge hit all over the world.
Fletcher leaves behind his wife of almost 30 years, Grainne, and their two children, Megan and Joe.
He played on all of Depeche Mode’s studio albums, including Songs Of Faith And Devotion in 1993 and Ultra in 1997, which both went to No. 1 on the UK album chart.
Since Fletcher wasn’t the lead singer or main songwriter, fans often thought of him as the band’s manager in later years. He was in charge of the business side of a group that fans say sold more than 100 million records around the world. In 2013, he told an interviewer that he was “the tall guy in the background, without whom this international company called Depeche Mode would never work.”
In the 1989 documentary 101, which was about the 101st date of the band’s Music For The Masses tour and was directed by D.A. Pennebaker, Fletcher was even more modest about his role, saying, “Martin writes the songs, Alan is the good musician, Dave is the singer, and I just hang around.”
Wilder left the group in 1995, leaving only three members. In 2020, the band was added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Lol Tolhurst, who helped start the band the Cure, was one of the first artists to pay tribute. He said, “I knew Andy and thought of him as a friend. We went down a lot of the same paths as younger men. My thoughts are with his family, bandmates, and fans of DM.”
Alison Moyet, who was in the band Yazoo and recorded on the same label as Depeche Mode, said she knew Fletcher since she was a child: “I just heard the news. When we were 10, Same estate. Classmates will label classmates. He stuck with the old group, and they stuck with him. It doesn’t make sense. Fletch. I can’t say anything.”
Pet Shop Boys’ official social media account said, “Fletch was a warm, friendly, funny person who loved electronic music and could also give good advice about the music business.”
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