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Date: July 6, 2022 3:42 am

Andrew Fletcher (left) with his Depeche Mode bandmates Dave Gahan (center) and Martin Gore (right).Vittorio Zunino Celotto (Getty Images)

British keyboardist Andrew Fletcher, member and founder of Depeche Mode, died Thursday at the age of 60. The group announced this through a statement on their social media. “We are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of our friend, family and bandmate Andy Fletch Fletcher,” the note said.

Colleagues Dave Gahan and Martin Gore described him as “with a heart of gold, always there for you when you need help, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold beer.” Fletcher was the only active member of the original group back in 1977 when the project was still called No Romance in China.

It was still a college project at the time, but three years later and after some changes, most notably the inclusion of current leader and vocalist David Gahan, whom they hired after hearing a version of David Bowie’s “Heroes”, they became Depeche Mode. by which name they continue today. Under the name Depeche Mode, they established themselves as one of the most important electronic pop bands, leaving behind iconic songs and tunes such as Personal Jesus, Enjoy the Silence or Just Can’t Get Enough.

Fletcher was born in Nottingham in 1961, and as a child he was already a match for Martin Gore, a classmate with whom he later played in Depeche Mode. Fletcher started out in the band as a bassist, but soon switched to keyboards as the band moved to electronics and synthesizers.

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