Depeche Mode shared co-founder Andy Fletcher’s cause of death

Depeche Mode have revealed the cause of death of co-founder Andy Fletcher.

This Monday Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode published on social media a post in which they reveal the cause of death of their co-founder and keyboardist, who passed away last month. Andy Fletcher died at home on May 26th this year, a tragic event that has spread mourning across the industry where he and the rest of the formation are inextricably cherished. Fletcher was 60 years old and according to information released by Gore and Gahan on Instagram, he did not resist the rupture of the Wall of the body’s main artery. In the statement, it can be read that:

‘A couple of weeks ago we received the result from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family asked us to share with you now, (…) Andy suffered an aortic dissection while at home on May 26. So, even though it was far, far too soon, he passed naturally and without prolonged suffering.’

In an earlier post, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan shared with fans the tribute their bandmates had dedicated to Fletcher. In a memorial gathering that brought together the band, family and friends, the life and work of the cherished artist were honoured, as can be read on social media:

‘We had a celebration of Andy’s life in London last week, which was a beautiful ceremony and gathering with a few tears, but filled with the great memories of who Andy was, stories of all of our times together, and some good laughs (…) Andy was celebrated in a room full of many of his friends and family, our immediate DM family, and so many people who have touched Andy’s and our lives throughout the years. All being together was a very special way to remember Andy and see him off.’

Depeche Mode made sure to thank fans for the touching messages they have shared since the tragic news of Andy Fletcher’s death, underlining the ‘outpouring of love for Andy that we’ve seen from all of you over the last few weeks‘.

Fletcher was one of the fantastic four who formed the band in 1980, calling himself the background element that Depeche Mode couldn’t live without.


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