The world of music mourns a great musician. This Thursday, May 26, Andrew Fletcher, founding member of the British alternative rock band Depeche Mode, died at the age of 60, as announced by the legendary group on his Twitter account. “We are shocked and filled with immense sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and band member,” the band wrote. The musician leaves behind Grainne, his wife of 30 years, and two children, Megan and Joe.
Born in July 1961 in Nottingham, Andrew Fletcher, nicknamed “Fletch” was one of Depeche Mode’s keyboardists. “Fletch had a real heart of gold and were always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint,” the band formed in 1980 in Basildon added to a forty kilometers east of London.
— Depeche Mode (@depechemode) May 26, 2022
Over 100 million records sold worldwide
Andrew Fletcher had founded the band with Marting Gore and Vince Clark in the late 1970s as Composition of Sound. They will eventually change their name to Depeche Mode when Dave Gahan joins the band. In 1981 Vince Clarke left the band and was replaced two years later by Alan Wilder. Andrew Fletcher notably participated in the composition of the hits New Life or Just Can’t Get Enough. In more than forty years of career, Depeche Mode has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
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