Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ska Drummer Al Fletcher Passes Away at 45

Al Fletcher
Al Fletcher, drummer for ska and reggae artists like The Selecter, Skaville UK, Lee "Scratch" Perry, and the bands Die So Fluid (punk/metal) and Gigantic (alternative), passed away yesterday at age 45.

The following is a statement from Die So Fluid in response to Fletcher's passing:

"Al contracted double pneumonia followed by sepsis in a rare reaction to an infection. This caused his immune system to wage a war on his body that he was unable to survive, despite the fight he put up and the best efforts of the doctors and nursing staff at Ealing Hospital. Kept sedated throughout this sudden and vicious affliction, we can only be grateful that he suffered no pain and passed peacefully. Al’s passing leaves a gaping hole in all our lives as we struggle to come to terms with the fact he has gone. No one plays the drums or can tell a joke quite like you Al, you will be missed so very much. You will live on in our hearts and in all the amazing music you made. We love you."

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We offer our deepest condolences to Fletcher's family, friends, and fans.

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1 comment:

Jennie Matthias said...

To say I am gutted is an understatement, I only saw him last month in the Caledonian Road, Al was and always will be the very sweetest man ever, funny, extremely talented and very loyal not to mention a good looking man, 45 years of age is far too young to be leaving us, thank you Al for gracing our lives with your wonder and beautiful child-like energy, everyone loves you, how could they not, gutted for all those you leave behind, until we meet again, know that you are loved by all darling stay in rest LOVE Jennie Bellestar Matthias x