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Ian Curtis
Birth: Jul. 15, 1956
Greater Manchester, England
Death: May 18, 1980
Cheshire, England

Musician, He was best known for being the lead singer and songwriter for the band "Joy Division". Born in Stretford, England, he lived most of his life in Macclesfield and attended King's School there. He helped form Joy Division in Manchester in 1977. An epileptic, he was known for mimicking his seizures in dance form while performing. The resemblance was such that audience members were occasionally uncertain whether he was dancing or having a seizure. By 1978 it appeared that his epilepsy worsened, and many of the songs he wrote during that period were filled with images of emotional suffering, death, and violence. In early 1980 he broke down after a performance and had to be carried off stage. The effects of his epilepsy and his marital problems may have contributed to Curtis' attempted suicide On April 7, 1980. On April 8 he was pulled out of a psychiatric hospital in order to play a show, when he couldn't go on, the crowd rioted, and he had another breakdown. On May 18, days before Joy Division was to begin its first American tour, he hanged himself in his kitchen, leaving a wife and one year old daughter. He was cremated and his ashes buried in Macclesfield. His epitaph, chosen by Curtis' wife Deborah, is a reference to Joy Division's best-known song. (bio by: Iola) 
Macclesfield Cemetery
Cheshire East Unitary Authority
Cheshire, England
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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You helped me thus, Ian - that by trying to understand your pain, I was able to begin the process of connecting with myself. You have contributed so much to other people's lives without even being aware of it. Thank you - and thank you to Deborah, because...(Read more)
- roblightwater
 Added: Feb. 13, 2017

- Debbie
 Added: Jan. 29, 2017
You wrote powerful songs which to this day nobody can match. Here's to you Ian may you finally find peace.
- Peter C
 Added: Jan. 14, 2017
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