Martin Gore and Dave Gahan said in a statement, “We have received the results from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family has asked us to share with you now.” The death of Andy Fletcher, co-founder of Depeche Mode, on May 26 at the young age of 60 shocked the band and fans around the world. Now, at the request of Fletcher’s family, Martin Gore and Dave Gahan are sharing Fletcher’s cause of death.
“As you can imagine, it’s been a strange, sad, and disorienting few weeks for us,” the band said in a statement posted on Monday to their social media pages (June 27). “However, we have witnessed and felt your love and support, as has Andy’s family.” “We received the results from the medical examiners a few weeks ago, and Andy’s family has asked us to share them with you now,” Gore and Gahan’s message continued. “On May 26, Andy suffered an aortic dissection at home. Therefore, despite the fact that it was far too early, he died naturally and without prolonged suffering.”
The two remaining members of the renowned synth-pop band remarked that the week prior, in London, a “beautiful ceremony” was held in memory of their late friend, and that beautiful memories of Fletcher were shared. Gahan and Gore thanked fans for their “outpouring of love” for their co-founding member, expressing that it “means the world to us all.” Andy, you will be missed but never forgotten, concluded Gore and Gahan.
Prior to revealing Fletcher’s cause of death, the band invited fans to make a donation in his memory on behalf of Fletcher’s wife Grain and children. Andy enthusiastically supported Teenage Cancer Trust for decades after being introduced to the organization by its founders, according to a previous post on the band’s Instagram account. Alongside Andy and Grain’s personal relationship with TCT, Depeche Mode became massive supporters of the charity and, with the help of their incredible fans around the world, raised enormous sums of money.
Teenage Cancer Trust remained “very close to Andy’s heart,” according to the statement, and “we could not think of a better way to honor his memory than to raise money in his name to support teenagers and young adults battling cancer.” Approximately $41,600 have been raised as of press time through the fundraiser.
Fletcher, who had been a member of the band since its formation in 1980, was a utility player for Depeche Mode over the years, with Gore serving as the primary songwriter and Gahan as the lead vocalist. He filled in on bass and synth when necessary, especially during live performances, served as a mediator between Gore and Gahan, and handled the band’s business and legal obligations.
Over the years, some wondered what Fletcher’s role was in the Grammy-nominated band, but he participated in the fun as well. In the 1989 documentary 101, he stated, “Martin is the songwriter… Dave is the vocalist, while I am a vagrant.” See below for announcements from Depeche Mode: