Blue Friday

Obituary Factory Records founder Tony Wilson has died. The first uncling I had he was even unwell was during the past couple of weeks when he appeared on North West Tonight and talked to Gordon Burns about how he wasn't able to get his cancer drug on the NHS and was relying on financial help from his friends -- he was highlighting his own plight in the hopes of helping other sufferers. It's very moving, especially now, as Burns asks him what happens if he isn't able to get the drug and he simply says: 'Death'. It's that kidney cancer which took him from us at 6.30 this evening at the age of 57.

More coverage:
Wilson's Dog (posted here last year)
Tony Wilson, big god (Click Opera)
Icon of a city dies (Manchester Confidential)
Factory Records legend Anthony Wilson dies (NME)
Tony Wilson goes to the Factory in the sky (Time Out Chicago)
Tributes to Mr Manchester flood in (Manchester Evening News)
ANTHONY H. WILSON finally closes THE FACTORY (Jazz World)

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