Depeche Mode star Andy Fletcher dead at 60

Icocnic band Depeche Mode have released a statement expressing their “overwhelming sadness” to lose a member aged just 60.

Depeche Mode legend Andy Fletcher has died at the age of 60.

Shocked fans across the world paid tribute to the iconic English keyboard player – who brought us hits including Just Can’t Get Enough – after hearing about his “untimely” death.

In a heartbreaking tribute, the band said: “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.”

His cause of death hasn’t been confirmed.

Fletch started making music in the 1970s – and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode two years ago.

He founded the five-time Grammy-nominated band alongside Vince Clarke, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan in 1980.

The artist, from Basildon, Essex, released 17 albums with Depeche Mode – the most recent being in 2017 – and sold 100 million records worldwide.

The electronic band had a string of hits in the 1980s and 1990s -including Just Can’t Get Enough, Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence.

Later in his stellar career, keyboardist Fletch also worked as a DJ, touring around Europe.

Friends offered some kind words about the devoted Chelsea fan.

A source said: “Andy was a caring, loving father and husband who adored his family and friends and was incredibly generous, and devoted to his family.”

Lol Tolhurst, drummer with The Cure, shared a heartfelt tribute to Andy Fletcher after news of his death broke.

“Very sad news today. Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has passed,” he tweeted.

“I knew Andy and considered him a friend. We crossed many of the same pathways as younger men.

“My heart goes out to his family, bandmates, and DM fans. RIP Fletch.”

Carol Decker, lead singer for the band T’Pau, tweeted: “Oh no!!! Fletch was a lovely guy DM one of my all time favorite bands sending all my love to his family friends and band members.”

Fans tonight paid tribute to the much-loved musician.

One wrote online: “Andy Fletcher. This is a hard one to take. Depeche Mode have been a constant all my life and 60 is no age at all.

“Such sad news.”

Another added: “Only three men have been present on every single Depeche Mode album. Andy Fletcher is one of them.

“That makes him something approaching a music god in my eyes. RIP Fletch.”

A third said: “Rest in peace Andy Fletcher.

“You were a part of something that was so important to me and many other people, you’ll be greatly missed.”

This story originally appeared on The Sun and is republished here with permission

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