Depeche Mode keyboard player Andy Fletcher dies aged 60

DEPECHE Mode legend Andy Fletcher has died at the age of 60.

The legendary keyboard player – who was a founding member of the electronic band that brought us hits including Enjoy the Silence – sadly passed away, it was announced this evening.

Andy Fletcher has died, it was announced tonight

Andy Fletcher has died, it was announced tonightCredit: Getty

A tribute to the musician posted by Depeche Mode read: “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.

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

Fletch had been making music since the 1970s – and in 2020, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Depeche Mode.

Fans across the world paid tribute to the musician, who passed away at the age of 60.

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One wrote online: “Andy Fletcher. This is a hard one to take. Depeche Mode have been a constant all my life and 60 is no age at all. Such sad news.”

Another added: “Only three men have been present on every single Depeche Mode album. Andy Fletcher is one of them. That makes him something approaching a music god in my eyes. RIP Fletch.”

A third said: “Rest in peace Andy Fletcher. You were a part of something that was so important to me and many other people, you’ll be greatly missed.”