Depeche Mode have paid tribute to Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, who has died aged 60.
The keyboard player was a founding member of the group.
“We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy “Fletch” Fletcher,” said a statement posted on social media. “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 at this difficult time."
In a post on Facebook, Pet Shop Boys said: "Fletch was a warm, friendly and funny person who loved electronic music and could also give sensible advice about the music business."
Andy Fletcher leaves a wife of three decades, Grainne, and two children.