Andy Fletcher, Depeche Mode keyboardist and founding member, lifeless at 60

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Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, keyboardist and one of many founding members of the British digital band Depeche Mode, has died. He was 60 years previous. 

The band’s official Twitter account shared the information Thursday. 

“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the assertion started.

A explanation for dying has not been launched.

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“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,” the assertion continued.

Fletcher fashioned “Depeche Mode” with bandmates Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke in 1980. Fletcher sometimes stayed behind his keyboard throughout his performances, letting Gahan and Gore roam the stage. Gore was additionally the band’s essential songwriter.

Clarke left the band in 1981, and Alan Wilder turned the most recent member. The band gained worldwide success all through the Nineteen Eighties and the Nineties.

Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode has died at 60, his band members confirmed Thursday.

Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode has died at 60, his band members confirmed Thursday.
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The band was based in Essex, England and produced many hits, together with “Enjoy the Silence” and “Just Can’t Get Enough.”

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In 2013, Fletcher spoke with Digital Beats about his position within the fashionable band.

Fletcher described himself as “the tall guy in the background, without whom this international corporation called Depeche Mode would never work. There is this big misunderstanding that in guitar bands real men are working real instruments — evening after evening — while in a synthesizer band like Depeche Mode nobody works, because it’s all machines. 

“However that’s bulls–t. … Other than the singer, the viewers doesn’t actually know which position which musician has throughout the group. However bands like Kraftwerk or Depeche Mode truly work as divisions of labor collectives. The contribution of every particular person stays invisible. And since I don’t push myself to the fore, many mistake me for the fifth wheel.”

Andrew Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Alan Wilder and Martin Gore of

Andrew Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Alan Wilder and Martin Gore of “Depeche Mode.”
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The band has bought over 100 million information and positioned 54 songs on the U.Okay.’s Singles Chart. Fletcher was inducted to the Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame in 2020.

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Fletcher leaves behind a spouse, Grainne, and two kids, Megan and Joe.

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