“We are shocked and filled with great sadness at the sudden death of our dear friend, family member and fellow band member Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the band said. He said inside
A statement posted on Instagram and Twitter on Thursday. “Fletch had a real heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint.”
“Our thoughts are with his family and we ask that you think of them and respect their privacy at this difficult time,” the band continued.
The announcement did not mention the cause of death.
The 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, appearing on all 14 studio albums, from their debut Speak & Spell in 1981 to Soul of 2017.
Pioneering pop music, electronic, and new music, the band – including former members Clark and Alan Wilder – were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Their songs included “Personal Jesus” and “Enjoy the Silence” from Violator album of 1990.
Fletcher’s tributes began shortly after the band announced his death.
An orchestra performs maneuvers in the dark chirp
Thursday night’s concert “is going to be deeply saddened as we all say goodbye to Andy Fletcher from Depeche Mode. Beautiful person in a great squad.”
“I knew Andy and considered him a friend. We took many of the same paths as the younger men.” lol Tolhurst tweeted
, a founding member of The Cure. “My heart goes out to his family, bandmates, and DM fans. RIP Fletch.”