Depeche Mode’s keyboardist Andy Fletcher failed after suffering an “ aortic analysis ” at the age of 60, the band blazoned.
Fletcher, nicknamed “ Fletch ”, innovated the group in Basildon in 1980 and was instated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times agone
Following his death on May 26, the band said there had been an “ outpour of love ” and it has been “ inconceivable ” to see how important he meant to everyone.
In a statement posted on Instagram, Depeche Mode said “ As you can imagine, it’s been a strange, sad, disorienting many weeks for us then, to say the least. But we’ve seen and felt all of your love and support, and we know that Andy’s family has too.
“ A couple of weeks ago we entered the result from the medical observers, which Andy’s family asked us to partake with you now.
“ Andy suffered an aortic analysis while at home on May 26. So, indeed though it was far, far too soon, he passed naturally and without dragged suffering. ”
The band said they had held a festivity of his life in London last week, describing it as a “ beautiful form and gathering with many gashes, but filled with the great recollections of who Andy was, stories of all of our times together, and some good laughs ”.
“ Andy was celebrated in a room full of numerous of his musketeers and family, our immediate DM family, and so numerous people who have touched Andy’s and our lives throughout the times, ” they said.
“All being together was a very special way to remember Andy and see him off.
“So thank you for all of the love you’ve shown Andy and his family and friends over the last few weeks. It honestly means the world to all of us. Andy, you’ll be missed, but certainly not forgotten.”
The statement was signed off by bandmates Martin Gore and Dave Gahan.
An aortic dissection is a condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the aorta.
Fletcher was born in Nottingham and moved to Basildon as a young boy, where he formed the band that would become known as Depeche Mode with Gore and Vince Clarke.