Andy "Fletch" Fletcher, the founding keyboardist of Depeche Mode, has died. He was 60 years old. The news was announced in a post by his bandmates, who expressed their shock and sadness at the untimely nature of his passing.
"We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher," the statement reads. "Fletch had a truet 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 Depeche Mode — who Rolling Stone dubbed "metal's biggest secret influence" — in 1980, playing on 14 of their albums and touring with the band up through their most recent shows in 2018. In 2020, he was inducted alongside his bandmates into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. R.I.P.