Depeche Mode Keyboardist Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher Dead At 60, Industry Pays Tribute


May 27, 2022

The music industry has been paying tribute to Depeche Mode co-founder and keyboardist Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher, who has died at the age of 60.

The news was announced via a statement across Depeche Mode’s social media accounts. It read: “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.”

Fletcher co-founded electro pioneers Depeche Mode in 1980 with singer Dave Gahan, multi-instrumentalist and chief songwriter Martin L. Gore and Vince Clarke. Over 42 years, the band have released multiple chart-topping, critically acclaimed singles and albums and have headlined stadia and arenas around the world. He remained with the band throughout its history, with their most recent album, 2017’s Spirit, reaching No.5 on the UK albums chart.

Throughout the band’s four decades together, they have consistently evolved their sound, from their early synth-pop days, to their unique brand of dark, electro rock that produced such hits as Personal Jesus, Enjoy The Silence, Never Let Me Down Again and Walking In My Shoes.

He is survived by his wife Grainne and two children, Megan and Joe.

Since news of his death was announced on Thursday, May 26, many have been paying tribute to Fletcher on social media.

In a Facebook post, Pet Shop Boys said: "Fletch was a warm, friendly and funny person who loved electronic music and could also give sensible advice about the music business."

Former drummer with The Cure, Lol Tolhurst, Tweeted: "I knew Andy and considered him a friend. We crossed many of the same pathways as younger men."

Sister Bliss, from electronic band Faithless, described Fletcher as a "keyboard warrior" and tweeted that he was "gone way too soon".

Alison Moyet Tweeted: “I have just heard the news. Since we were 10. Same estate. Class mates to label mates. He who kept faith with all the old gang and they with him. It doesn’t compute. Fletch. I have no words. #andyfletcher

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark also Tweeted: “We will be playing at the Greek Theatre tonight thinking of Fletch. We won’t be mourning his passing but celebrating his awesome music and life.”

Fellow elector rock icon Gary Numan also Tweeted: “We had an amazing show tonight in Amsterdam. Huge thanks to all of you that camne out to see us. But, shocked and saddened to hear about Fletch when we came off stage. Lots of love to the DM family.”

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