Late Costello/Redferns Andy Flecher
In a instagram Shared post On Monday, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of legendary English rock band revealed that Fletcher’s May 26 death occurred after the keyboardist “suffered an aortic dissection” at his home.
“We wanted to take a moment and acknowledge the outpouring of love for Andy that we have seen from you all over the past few weeks,” the caption opened for the post, which came more than a month after Fletcher’s death. at 60 years old. “It’s amazing to see all of your photos, to read your words, and to see how much Andy meant to all of you.”
“As you can imagine, it’s been a strange, sad and disorienting few weeks for us here, to say the least,” Gore, 60, and Gahan, 60, continued. “But we’ve seen and felt all of your love and support, and we know Andy’s family has too.”
With permission from Fletcher’s family, his bandmates went on to detail his cause of death. “A few weeks ago we received the result from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family has asked us to share with you now,” the Depeche Mode co-founders continued. “Andy underwent an aortic dissection while at home on May 26. So, although it was far, far too soon, he passed away naturally and without prolonged pain.”
Sergione Infuso/Corbis/getty Martin Lee Gore, Dave Gahan and Andrew Fletcher in 2016
According to Gore and Gahan, a memorial service for Fletcher has since been held. “We had a celebration of Andy’s life in London last week, which was a beautiful ceremony and gathering with a few tears, but filled with fond memories of who Andy was, stories of all our times together and good laughs,” wrote his bandmates.
“Andy was celebrated to a room full of many of his friends and family, our immediate DM family and so many people who have touched Andy and our lives over the years,” they added. “All of us being together was a very special way of remembering Andy and seeing him go.”
The post concluded, “So thank you for all the love you’ve shown Andy and his family and friends over the past few weeks. Honestly, it means the world to all of us. Andy, we will miss you, but for sure not forgotten.”
Robert Marquardt/WireImage Andy Flecher
In May, Fletcher’s death was revealed by a post shared on the group’s social media pages. “We are shocked and filled with immense sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and teammate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher,” the note began.
“Fletch had a real heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint,” the band continued.
“Our hearts go out to his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy at this difficult time,” the statement concluded.
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With an original lineup consisting of Fletcher, Gahan and multi-instrumentalists Vince Clarke and Gore, Depeche Mode was officially formed in 1980 in Basildon, Essex, England.
The band released their debut album, speak and spell, in 1981 – shortly before Clarke left the band. It was replaced by Alan Wilder the following year, creating the lineup for which Depeche Mode was known until 1995, when Wilder left the group, which has since been known as the trio. On tour they also perform with musicians Christian Eigner and Peter Gordeno.
Depeche Mode have released 14 studio albums and earned 14 Top 10 singles in the UK, including “See You”, “People Are People”, “Enjoy the Silence” and “Barrel of a Gun”.
In a 2017 interview with The Lean, Fletcher spoke about the enduring success of Depeche Mode. “It’s been…an amazing dream come true,” he told the outlet. “I always tell this story, but we had these accountants when we started making some money, and they came up with a plan – that we only lasted two or three years. And yet we kept making money. more and more popular; we had to reject this plan.”
“But it’s been amazing, and even now…we seem to be more popular now than we’ve ever been,” Fletcher continued. We’re not a big media group, and it’s never been our ambition to be the biggest group in the world – it’s just the way it’s been.”