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Music Mastermind Tony Wilson Dead At 57

August 10th, 2007 9:14pm EDT favorite Add to My News
New OrderTony Wilson, the man behind Manchester, England's musical heyday, has died following a heart attack. He was 57. The Factory Records co-founder, who managed groups like Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays, had been battling kidney cancer.

Wilson was taken to Manchester's Christie Hospital on Sunday night after suffering a heart attack. He failed to recover and died on Friday.

Wilson, a former journalist, also hosted his own TV show in his native Britain, but he is best known as the godfather of the Madchester (corr) pop music scene in the 1980s, when many of his Factory acts enjoyed chart success and cult status.

Just last month, Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder announced he was helping to fund his mentor's cancer treatment after Wilson learned he could keep his cancer under control with an experimental new drug at a cost of $7,000 per month.

Wilson was refused aid from the National Health Service in Britain because Sutent, the drug he was using to boost his life expectancy, is considered merely a trial treatment and there is not enough demonstrable evidence to support its use in treating kidney cancer.

Wilson was forced to buy the drug privately and friends like Ryder and his bandmates set up a fund to help him cover costs.

In one of his final interviews, an ailing Wilson said, "I'm the only person in this industry who famously has never made any money. I used to say some people make money and some make history, which is very funny until you find you can't afford to keep yourself alive."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)




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