“We’re shocked and stuffed with overwhelming disappointment with the premature passing of our expensive buddy, member of the family, and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the band said in
an announcement posted to Instagram and Twitter Thursday. “Fletch had a real coronary heart of gold and was at all times there while you wanted help, a vigorous dialog, a superb giggle, or a chilly pint.”
The band went on to note
: “Our hearts are together with his household, and we ask that you just hold them in your ideas and respect their privateness on this troublesome time.”
The announcement didn’t specify a reason behind loss of life.
The British digital band was formally based in 1980 by Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke. Fletcher remained a member of the band for greater than 40 years and appeared on all 14 studio albums, from their 1981 debut “Communicate & Spell” to 2017’s “Spirit.”
Thought of synth-pop, digital and new wave pioneers, the band
— together with former members Clarke and Alan Wilder — was inducted into the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame in 2020
. Their hits included “Private Jesus” and “Benefit from the Silence” from the band’s 1990 album, “Violator.”
Tributes to Fletcher started to pour in shortly after the band’s announcement of his loss of life.
The band Orchestral Manoeuvres within the Darkish tweeted
that their live performance Thursday evening “shall be touched by a terrific disappointment as all of us say farewell to Andy Fletcher from Depeche Mode. A gorgeous individual in a tremendous band.”
“I knew Andy and regarded him a buddy. We crossed lots of the identical pathways as youthful males,” tweeted Lol Tolhurst
, a founding member of The Remedy. “My coronary heart goes out to his household, bandmates, and DM followers. RIP Fletch.”