Depeche Mode returns to the studio following the death of Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher
Depeche Mode is back in the studio for the first time since the passing of Andy “Fletch” Fletcher.
Dave Gahan and Martin Gore have seemingly revealed they’re “focusing” all their energy on recording new music following the tragic loss of co-founding member and keyboardist Fletch in June at the age of 60.
Alongside the studio shot, they wrote on Instagram, “Finding stability in what we know and love, and focusing on what gives meaning and purpose to life.”
The last record of the synth-pop pioneers was “Spirit” in 2017.
The surviving members of “Enjoy the Silence” have thanked fans for the “outpouring of love” for the musician amid this “strange, sad, disorienting” time.
They said in a previous Instagram post: “We wanted to take a moment and acknowledge the outpouring of love for Andy that we have seen from all of you over the past few weeks.
“It’s amazing to see all of your photos, to read your words and to see how much Andy meant to all of you.
“As you can imagine, it has been a strange, sad and disorienting few weeks for us here, to say the least.
“But we have seen and felt all of your love and support, and we know Andy’s family has too.”
Confirming his cause of death, the couple revealed that Fletch suffered an aortic dissection, a tear in the heart’s large blood vessel, and “passed naturally” and peacefully.
They added: “A few weeks ago we received the result from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family have asked us to share with you now. Andy underwent an aortic dissection while at home on the 26th May So, even though it was much, much too soon, he died naturally and without prolonged suffering.
Martin, 61, and Dave, 60, also revealed they joined Andy’s family and close friends at a ‘beautiful’ celebration of life in London.
The duo signed the message: “So thank you for all the love you have shown Andy and his family and friends over the past few weeks. It honestly means the world to all of us. Andy, you will be missed, but certainly not forgotten.
In a joint statement announcing the shock news of Andy’s death, they wrote: “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and teammate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher .
“Fletch had a real heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint.”