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Anthony Wilson, 1950-2007

() - Published 2007-08-10 8:34:00 PM - 8:34:00 PM

TV presenter Tony Wilson, one of the leading lights in the Manchester music scene, has died after suffering a heart attack while receiving cancer treatment aged 57.

Mr Wilson, who set up the Factory Records label and the Hacienda Club, was associated with groups like New Order and the Happy Mondays.

He was also a reporter and presenter on TV and radio in the Manchester area.

His life was depicted in the film 24 Hour Party People.

He had been suffering from kidney cancer.

Mr Wilson was surrounded by family at his when he passed away.

A spokesman for Christie Hospital in Manchester said: "Tony Wilson died peacefully at 6.05pm this evening with his family by his bedside.

"Tony was a very great supporter of the Christie and this is extremely sad news.

"We would like to extend our sympathy to Tony's family."

An outspoken campaigner for regional self-government in the North West, Wilson was passionate about his home city of Manchester.

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