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founding member of British techno band
has died at the age of 60, the group announced Thursday.
"We are shocked and filled with immense sadness at the untimely death of our dear friend, family member and band member," said the band, which formed in 1980 in
some 25 miles east of London.
Born in July 1961 in
Andy Fletcher, nicknamed "Fletch", was one of the band's keyboardists, known for countless hits like
Just Can't Get Enough, Personal Jesus
Enjoy the silence.
"Fletch had a genuine heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh or a cold pint," the band said.
has sold more than one hundred million records
The band originally consisted of keyboardist/songwriter
, and singer/songwriter
Vince Clarke left the band at the end of 1981 and was replaced two years later by
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