The Pet Shop Boys led tributes to Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher.
The musician – who was one of the electronic band’s founding members – died aged 60 on Thursday (26.05.22) and the synth-pop duo – consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – hailed the star of music as a “warm, funny and likeable person”.
The band tweeted: “We are saddened and shocked by the passing of Andy Fletcher from Depeche Mode. Fletch was a warm, friendly and funny person who loved electronic music and could also give sound advice on the music industry .”
Alison Moyet – who grew up on the same Basildon estate as Fletcher – was stunned by the news of his death.
The ‘All Cried Out’ singer said: “I just heard the news. Since we were 10 years old. Same field. From classmates to tag mates. He who kept the faith with all the old gangs and them with him. It don’t count. Fletch. I have no words. (sic)”
T’Pau singer Carol Decker also paid her a heartfelt tribute.
Carol tweeted: “Fletch was a lovely guy, DM one of my favorite bands of all time, sending all my love to his family friends and band members. (sic)”
Depeche Mode enjoyed chart success during the 1980s and 1990s, with hits such as “Personal Jesus” and “Just Can’t Get Enough”, and the band said they were filled with a ” overwhelming sadness” following Fletcher’s passing.
A statement from Dave Gahan and Martin Gore read: “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and teammate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.
“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.
“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.”