Tributes as Depeche Mode founder Andy Fletcher dies aged 60

The keyboardist was hailed was described as a 'dear friend with a heart of gold' following his passing.

Tributes to Depeche Mode founder Andy Fletcher after death at age of 60 Commons
Fletcher sold more than 100 million records with the band.

Andy Fletcher, founding member of Depeche Mode, has died at the age of 60.

The keyboardist founded the group in Basildon in 1980 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years ago for his contribution to music.

The band released their first album in 1981 and went on to sell more than 100 million records worldwide.

A statement on the Depeche Mode social media accounts said: “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.

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“Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time.”

Fellow musicians also joined in with the tributes, with The Cure’s Lol Tolhurst posting on Twitter: “Very sad news today. Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has passed.

“I knew Andy and considered him a friend. We crossed many of the same pathways as younger men.

“My heart goes out to his family, bandmates, and DM fans. RIP Fletch.”