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Ian Curtis

  • Birth 15 Jul 1956 Stretford, Metropolitan Borough of Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
  • Death 18 May 1980 Macclesfield, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
  • Burial Macclesfield, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England
  • Memorial ID 1831

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.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1831
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ian Curtis (15 Jul 1956–18 May 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1831, citing Macclesfield Cemetery, Macclesfield, Cheshire East Unitary Authority, Cheshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .