A Basildon-raised singer has paid tribute to Andy Fletcher the keyboard player from Depeche Mode who has died.

Mr Fletcher, has died at the age of 60, he was nicknamed “Fletch”, and founded the band in Basildon in 1980.

Two years ago, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posting on Twitter singer Alison Moyet from the borough said: " have just heard the news. Since we were 10. Same estate. Class mates to label mates. He who kept faith with all the old gang and they with him. It doesn’t compute. Fletch. I have no words. #andyfletcher."

In a statement posted on social media, Depeche Mode said: “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.

“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.”