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Depeche Mode's Andy Fletcher has died aged 60.
The keyboardist and founding member – who was born in Nottingham and moved to Basildon in the 70s – of the 80s band has passed away
In a joint statement posted to Twitter, his bandmates Dave Gahan and Martin Gore said: âWe are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy âFletchâ Fletcher.
The âJust Canât Get Enoughâ hitmakers said Andy – who was known as Fletch -âhad a true heart of goldâ and was âalwaysâ a great friend.
The statement continued: âFletch 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 âEnjoy the Silenceâ musicians offered their âheartsâ to the touring DJâs family – which includes his wife Grainne Mullan and their two children, Meghan and Joe – and asked fans to âkeep them in their thoughtsâ while giving them space to grieve.
They said: âOur hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time.â
In a 2017 interview with The Skinny, Fletch mused it was the âelectricityâ between him and the rest of the band that made their work great.
He said: âMartin and Dave live in the US and I live here, but it doesnât really affect our relationships. Me and Martin are very close. Dave is more like a brother to me â if that makes sense. But what makes bands better than solo artists is the electricity thatâs generated. Sometimes a band canât stand each other but that electricity makes for great music. Itâs the same with Depeche Mode; we have moments where we donât like each other, and moments when we love each other. Itâs the electricity thatâs generated between us all that produces the good music.â