“We are 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 assist, a full of life dialog, an excellent snort, or a chilly pint.”
The band went on to note: “Our hearts are along with his household, and we ask that you simply maintain them in your ideas and respect their privateness on this tough time.”

The announcement didn’t specify a reason for demise.

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 “Speak & Spell” to 2017’s “Spirit.”

Considered synth-pop, digital and new wave pioneers, the band — together with former members Clarke and Alan Wilder — was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020. Their hits included “Personal (*60*)” and “Enjoy the Silence” from the band’s 1990 album, “Violator.”

Tributes to Fletcher started to pour in shortly after the band’s announcement of his demise.

The band Orchestral Manoeuvres within the Dark tweeted that their live performance Thursday night time “will probably be touched by a terrific disappointment as all of us say farewell to Andy Fletcher from Depeche Mode. A stupendous particular person in an incredible band.”
“I knew Andy and thought of him a buddy. We crossed most of the identical pathways as youthful males,” tweeted Lol Tolhurst, a founding member of The Cure. “My coronary heart goes out to his household, bandmates, and DM followers. RIP Fletch.”

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