Depeche Mode founding member Andy “Fletch” Fletcher has died, the band announced. “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,” the members of Depeche Mode wrote in a statement. “Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this diffcult time.” A source close to the band tells Pitchfork that Fletcher died of natural causes. The musician was 60 years old.
Depeche Mode was founded in 1980 by Fletcher, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Vince Clarke. They released their debut album, Speak & Spell, in 1981. It featured the singles “Dreaming of Me,” “New Life,” and “Just Can’t get Enough.” Later that year, Clarke departed the band. Alan Wilder would go on to replace him. Depeche Mode had their first international hit with 1984’s “People are People.”
Depeche Mode were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.