Depeche Mode shares Andy Fletcher’s cause of death

Depeche Mode on Monday announced the cause of death of co-founder and keyboardist Andy Fletcher, who died last month.

Fletcher died at his home on May 26 at the age of 60. According to the band’s social media post on Monday, Fletcher died of an aortic dissection, a tear in the wall of the body’s main artery that allows blood to flow through it.

“We wanted to take a moment and acknowledge the outpouring of love for Andy that we have seen from all of you over the past few weeks,” the band wrote on Instagram. “It’s incredible to see all your photos, to read your words and to see how much Andy meant to you all. As you can imagine, it’s been a weird, sad and confusing few weeks for us here, to say the least. But we have seen and felt all of your love and support and we know Andy’s family has that too.”

“A few weeks ago we received the coroner’s report that Andy’s family asked us to share with you now,” the statement continued. “Andy suffered an aortic dissection at home on May 26th. Although it was much, much too early, he passed away naturally and without long suffering.”

Fletcher, vocalist Dave Gahan and keyboardists Martin L. Gore and Vince Clarke formed Depeche Mode in 1980 in Basildon, England. The group became one of the most successful rock acts of their time. (Alan Wilder replaced Clarke in 1981.) Of his role in the group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020, Fletcher said humbly, “Martin is the songwriter, Alan is the good musician, Dave is the singer and I am hang around.”

In a 2013 interview with online magazine Electronic Beats, Fletcher described himself as “the big guy behind the scenes without whom this international company called Depeche Mode would never function”.

Fletcher was more than just a keyboard player in the band, he was an integral part of the studio team. For example, on “Walking in My Shoes” from 1993’s “Songs of Faith and Devotion,” Fletcher hit a suitcase with a pole to get the right percussion sound. He noted that a certain anonymity is a trait of synthesizer acts, which works great if you want to go to the movies but not if you want to be recognized as an artist.

“Last week we celebrated Andy’s life in London, it was a beautiful ceremony and a reunion with a few tears but filled with the great memories of who Andy was, stories of all our times together and some good laughs,” Depeche Mode wrote in Monday’s statement. “Andy was celebrated in a room full of friends and family, our immediate DM family and so many people who have touched Andy’s and our lives over the years. Being together was a very special way to remember and say goodbye to Andy.”

“So thank you for all the love you’ve shown Andy and his family and friends over the past few weeks,” the band added. “It honestly means the world to all of us. Andy, you are missed but certainly not forgotten. Love, Martin & Dave.”

Times contributor Randall Roberts contributed to this report. Depeche Mode shares Andy Fletcher’s cause of death

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