Andy Fletcher, keyboardist and founding member of Depeche Mode, has died aged 60.
The band revealed the news in a social media post and wrote: “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate.
“Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint.
“Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time.”
Fletcher founded the group in Basildon, Essex, in 1980 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two years ago.
Lol Tolhurst, drummer with The Cure, has shared a heartfelt tribute to Fletcher after news of his death.
He tweeted: “Very sad news today. Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode has passed.
“I knew Andy and considered him a friend. We crossed many of the same pathways as younger men.
“My heart goes out to his family, bandmates, and DM fans. RIP Fletch.”