RIP Anthony Wilson.

MANCHESTER music legend Anthony Wilson has died.

Mr Wilson, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, died aged 57 following a heart attack in Christie Hospital.

The former Factory Records boss had been in Christie Hospital for the last two weeks. He suffered a heart attack on Thursday and was with half a dozen family and friends, including his partner Yvette Livesey and his children when he passed away. Mr Wilson revealed he was battling kidney cancer in the M.E.N. in February.

The music mogul founded the famous Hacienda and was one of five co-founders of Factory Records, which produced bands such as New Order and the Happy Mondays during a period in the eighties dubbed 'Madchester.'

Born at Hope Hospital, Salford, he went to De La Salle Grammar School, Salford, and studied English at Cambridge before beginning his TV career as a trainee with ITN in 1971.

He was a reporter and presenter on Granada Reports and went on to present So It Goes - the music show that first aired punk bands.

Steve Coogan played Tony in the film 24 Hour Party People, a semi-fictional account of Tony and Factory Records.

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