Andrew Fletcher Krank: Andy Fletcher’s trip to Barcelona had taken an unexpected turn: instead of taking in the city’s splendour, the Depeche Mode keyboardist was involved in a bicycle accident and ended himself in the hospital.
The prognosis is for a hand joint fracture. And that happened in the first week of our shared Easter vacation with Grainne. They posted pictures of Andy’s hospitalisation on Instagram, along with the caption, “No more riding for a while.”
Depeche Mode keyboardist and founding member Andy Fletcher has died at the age of 60. The heartbreaking news was relayed by a well-known band on Donnerstag night. Having been a member of the band for almost 40 years, Fletcher is a legend.
There is no more Andy Fletcher. He was only 60 years old. The band lied about the horrifying and, above all, shocking news they received on Twitter that night. At this time, there are no specifics on the incident that resulted in the death. Friends, family members, and bandmates Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher died at a young age. We are shocked and devastated by his early death.
Fletch had a true gold heart and was always there for anybody who needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold beer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, and we implore you to keep them in mind and respect their privacy at this trying time.
Fletcher left behind his wife, Gráinne Mullan, with whom he had been married since 1993. The couple met in 1988 and had two children together, Megan and Joseph. Andy Fletcher was responsible for this.
Vince Clarke (Yazoo, Erasure) was Andy Fletcher’s schoolmate and fellow bassist in the band “No Romance in China.” In 1979, he made the switch to synthesisers and formed the band “Composition of Sound” with Clarke and Martin Gore. After Dave Gahan joined the group in 1980, they changed their name to Depeche Mode.
Fletcher has long been credited for keeping the band together through trying times. In the latter stages of his career, Fletcher worked as a DJ and travelled to Europe in 2015.
Depeche Mode are one of the world’s most successful bands, having sold over 100 million albums worldwide. The band’s 14 studio albums all reached the Top 10 on the charts in their native Great Britain. Depeche Mode will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020 because they were pioneers in the synthpop, new wave, and electronic music genres of the 1980s.
While Dave Gahan was the band’s frontman and Martin Gore was the band’s primary composer, the band (and Fletcher himself) sometimes quarrelled about Gore’s place in the group. Dave is the singer, Martin is the songwriter, Alan is the great musician, and I dümple just about,” said the “berühmtest one-handed-tasten player in the world” in a 1989 documentary film.
When Andrew Fletcher was born, he was raised in Basildon, Essex, by his parents Joy and John with his three sisters Susan, Karen, and Simon. For his first band experience, Fletcher played E-Bass with Vince Clarke in No Romance in China, a band that was influenced by The Cure’s style. In 1979, he made the switch to synthesisers and formed the band Composition of Sound with Clarke and Martin Gore.
Depeche Mode was formed when Dave Gahan, the band’s lead singer, was discovered. Fletcher took on more administrative than creative responsibilities in the album. According to the rumour mill, he kept the band together through difficult times, such as when Gore and Gahan fought over how many songs to include on the album Playing the Angel.
However, he was kicked out of Depeche Mode due to a disagreement with Alan Wilder. Wilder had done most of the studio work up to that point. Because Fletcher was the only band member who never wrote a song, he was sometimes criticised for having musically nothing to contribute to the group. Fletcher’s involvement in studio work increased significantly after Wilder left.
As an example, he played bass on A Pain That I’m Used To and The Sinner in Me by Playing the Angel.