Rest In Peace: Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has died at the age of 60

Andy Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of the legendary electronic-pop group Depeche Mode, passed away on Thursday (May 26). He was 60 years old.

The band's official Twitter account confirmed the news, though no cause of death was disclosed.

"We are shocked and filled with deep sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher," Depeche Mode said in a statement.

Fletch had a true gold heart and was always there to lend a hand, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint.

Our hearts go out to his family, and we ask that you remember them and respect their privacy during this difficult time."

Fletcher helped form Depeche Mode in the early 1980s in England, and the band, along with Martin Gore and David Gahan.

As well as former members Alan Wilder and Vince Clarke — went on to become one of the most iconic and influential electronic music bands in history, selling more than 100 million records worldwide.

Their 1990 album Violator is regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time.

Depeche Mode helped shape what is now known as modern synth-pop, influencing countless bands and artists. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020.

"He wasn't as flashy or flamboyant as Dave Gahan revelling in the frontman spotlight, nor did he have the distinction of being the primary songwriter of timeless compositions like Martin Gore, but make no mistake, Andy Fletcher's role in Depeche Mode was just as essential

In fact, the band would have disintegrated long ago if it hadn't been for him," says Vanyaland Senior Writer Michael Christopher