Pet Store Boys have led the tributes to Depeche Method keyboardist Andy Fletcher.
The musician – who was a founder member of the digital band – passed away at the age of 60 on Thursday (05.26.22) and the synth-pop duo – consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe – have hailed the audio star as a “heat, funny and friendly person”.
The band tweeted: “We’re saddened and stunned that Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has died. Fletch was a heat, helpful and amusing individual who cherished digital tunes and could also give wise assistance about the music organization.”
Alison Moyet – who grew up on the exact same Basildon estate as Fletcher – was still left surprised by information of his dying.
The ‘All Cried Out’ singer stated: “I have just listened to the information. Since we had been 10. Same estate. Course mates to label mates. He who saved religion with all the outdated gang and they with him. It won’t compute. Fletch. I have no phrases. (sic)”
T’Pau singer Carol Decker has also compensated a glowing tribute.
Carol tweeted: “Fletch was a attractive person, DM just one of my all time favourite bands, sending all my enjoy to his relatives buddies and band users. (sic)”
Depeche Manner relished chart success for the duration of the 1980 and 1990s, with hits this sort of as ‘Personal Jesus’ and ‘Just Won’t be able to Get Enough’, and the band claimed they were filled with “frustrating sadness” following Fletcher’s passing.
A assertion from Dave Gahan and Martin Gore examine: “We are stunned and crammed with overpowering disappointment with the untimely passing of our expensive mate, household member and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.
“Fletch had a real heart of gold and was generally there when you desired aid, a lively discussion, a very good chuckle, or a cold pint.
“Our hearts are with his family members, and we check with that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privateness in this difficult time.”