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Depeche Mode keyboard player Andy Fletcher dies aged 60 

Andy Fletcher, the co-founder and keyboardist of legendary digital band Depeche Mode, has died on the age of 60, it has been introduced.

A supply near the band advised Pitchfork and the Associated Press that Fletcher died from unspecified pure causes at his residence in England. 

The synth-pop group have been one of many greatest attracts of the 80s, with a stream of smash singles together with ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Enjoy the Silence’ and ‘Personal Jesus’.

In current years, the band have continued to tour internationally as some of the recognisable teams from the period. 

In a press release tonight on Twitter, Depeche Mode mentioned: ‘We are shocked and full of overwhelming unhappiness on the premature passing of our pricey pal, member of the family and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.

‘Fletch had a real coronary heart of gold and was all the time there if you wanted assist, a full of life dialog, a great snicker or a chilly pint.

‘Our hearts are together with his household and we ask that you simply preserve them in your ideas and respect their privateness at this troublesome time.’

No explanation for loss of life was revealed by the band. Fletcher final hit the headlines final month when he fractured his wrist on vacation in Barcelona. 

Tributes poured in for the musician from throughout the leisure world.

The Cure co-founder Lol Tolhurst wrote: ‘Very unhappy information immediately. Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has handed. I knew Andy and thought of him a pal. We crossed lots of the similar pathways as youthful males . My coronary heart goes out to his household, bandmates, and DM followers. RIP Fletch.’

Depeche Mode keyboard player Andy Fletcher has died aged 60

Depeche Mode keyboard player Andy Fletcher has died aged 60

Fletcher co-founded the group with bandmates Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke in Basildon, Essex, in 1980.

Fletcher co-founded the group with bandmates Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke in Basildon, Essex, in 1980.

(left to right) Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Alan Wilder and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode in 1987 during the height of their commercial success

(left to proper) Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Alan Wilder and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode in 1987 throughout the top of their business success

(Left to right) Fletcher with Depeche Mode bandmates Dave Gahan and Martin Gore in Berlin, Germany, in 2013

(Left to proper) Fletcher with Depeche Mode bandmates Dave Gahan and Martin Gore in Berlin, Germany, in 2013

As one of the co-founders of Depeche Mode in 1980, Fletcher was behind a string of hits including 'Just Can't Get Enough', 'Enjoy the Silence' and 'Personal Jesus'

As one of many co-founders of Depeche Mode in 1980, Fletcher was behind a string of hits together with ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, ‘Enjoy the Silence’ and ‘Personal Jesus’

Fletcher performing with Depeche Mode in 1981 at the Venue, Astoria, London

Fletcher performing with Depeche Mode in 1981 on the Venue, Astoria, London

Clockwise from top: Depeche Mode

Clockwise from prime: Depeche Mode 

Bandmates led tributes to the musician 'who was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint'

 Bandmates led tributes to the musician ‘who was all the time there if you wanted assist, a full of life dialog, a great snicker or a chilly pint’

Andy Fletcher with Depeche Mode in concert in Budapest, Hungary, in 2018

Andy Fletcher with Depeche Mode in live performance in Budapest, Hungary, in 2018

Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy Fletcher continued to perform in concert as Depeche Mode as one of the most recognisable acts of the 1980s

Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy Fletcher continued to carry out in live performance as Depeche Mode as some of the recognisable acts of the Nineteen Eighties

Fletcher at Austin Convention Centre in Texas in 2013

Fletcher at Austin Convention Centre in Texas in 2013

Fletcher co-founded the group with bandmates Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Vince Clarke in Basildon, Essex, in 1980.

They selected their title from French trend journal Depeche Mode, with frontman Gahan explaining: ‘It means hurried trend or trend dispatch. I just like the sound of that.’

Depeche Mode performed their first gig at college in 1980 and went on to make demo tapes, personally delivering them to document corporations.

They finally recorded their first single ‘Dreaming of Me’ in December 1980 for impartial label Mute Records, whose founder Daniel Miller was taken with their distinctive digital sound.

It reached quantity 57 within the UK charts. Buoyed by their early success, the band recorded a follow-up single, ‘New Life’, which made it to quantity 11 within the charts and landed their first look on Top of the Pops.

Musician Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode speaks onstage at the Convention Centre in Austin, Texas, in 2013

Musician Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode speaks onstage on the Convention Centre in Austin, Texas, in 2013

Fletcher (pictured in 1984) helped define the synth-pop genre of music as keyboardist of Depeche Mode

Fletcher (pictured in 1984) helped outline the synth-pop style of music as keyboardist of Depeche Mode

Andy Fletcher attends a private view of photographer Dave Benett's new exhibition 'Great Shot, Kid' in London on February 16

Andy Fletcher attends a non-public view of photographer Dave Benett’s new exhibition ‘Great Shot, Kid’ in London on February 16

Memorably, the band travelled to the BBC studio in London by practice, taking their synthesizers with them.

It was their third single, ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’ that propelled the group to stardom and scored their first prime ten hit.

Around this time, authentic synthesist Vince Clarke left the band to type Yazoo with Alison Moyet, however Depeche Mode adopted their 80s success with different hits, together with ‘Enjoy the Silence’, ‘Strangelove’ and ‘Personal Jesus’.

In a documentary about Depeche Mode in 1989, Fletcher mentioned his function oscillated between the opposite three members, as he joked to interviewer D. A. Pennabaker: ‘Martin’s the songwriter, Alan’s the great musician, Dave’s the vocalist, and I bum round.’

Fletcher dealt with lots of the band’s business and media pursuits; and expanded his career within the  Nineteen Nineties by operating a restaurant named Gascogne’s in St John’s Wood, London.

Fletcher married Gráinne Mullan in 1993 and had two kids, Megan and Joe. 

He admitted to struggling despair and endured a breakdown in 1994 after a sequence of unhealthy investments, however he recovered to proceed performing all through the following many years.

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