“Fletcher had a true heart of gold,” the band said in a statement

Andy Fletcher Depeche Mode
Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode [Sergione Infuso]

Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher has died. The band confirmed the news Thursday in a statement on social media. Fletcher was a founding member of the band, performing and recording with the group for over four decades.

“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 need 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.”

– Depeche Mode

Founded in 1981, Depeche Mode are among the most notable artists in music history. Following a string of successful albums throughout the 80s, they headlined the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA in 1988 for a crowd of over 60,000 fans. In 1990, they released their masterpiece Violator which included their seminal single “Personal Jesus.” Throughout there career, Depeche Mode have sold over 100 million records worldwide. In 2020, the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.