Keyboardist of Depeche Mode Andy Fletcher dies

Keyboardist of Depeche Mode Andy Fletcher dies

UK BAND Depeche Mode have announced the death of their keyboard player Andy Fletcher at the age of 60.

No cause of death has been stated at this time.

In a statement released on Twitter on Thursday night, the band's official account 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.

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

Fletcher was a founding member of the band, whose greatest hits include New Life, Enjoy the Silence and Just Can't Get Enough.

The group was founded in Basildon in 1980 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years ago.

Fletcher, who was born in Nottingham, remained with the band throughout its four-decade history, which included two number one albums, Ultra and Songs of Faith and Devotion.

His last studio album with the band was 2017's Spirit, their 14th, which reached number five in the UK albums chart.

He leaves behind wife Grainne, to whom he was married for almost 30 years, and two children, Megan and Joe.