DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Ian Curtis (aged 23)
English musician and songwriter
Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division and recorded two albums with the group: Unknown Pleasures (1979) and Closer (1980).
DEATH: In the early hours of the next morning, Curtis committed suicide by hanging himself in his kitchen. He was 23 years old. Deborah found his body soon after; he had used the kitchen’s washing line to hang himself, having written a note to Deborah in which he declared his love for her despite his recent affair with Honoré. In her biography, Touching from a Distance, Deborah recalls finding her husband’s body and initially thinking that he was still alive before noting the washing line around his neck.According to Tony Wilson, Curtis spent the few hours before his suicide watching Werner Herzog’s 1977 film Stroszek and listening to Iggy Pop’s 1977 album The Idiot. His wife recollected that he had taken photographs of their wedding and their baby daughter off the walls, apparently to view them as he composed his suicide note.