Ian Kevin Curtis was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album, Unknown Pleasures, in 1979 and recorded their follow-up, Closer, in 1980.
Despite Curtis's major professional success at an early age, he suffered from depression, as well as epilepsy. On May 18, 1980, the night before Joy Division's first North American tour and shortly before the release of their second album, Ian Curtis lost his life to suicide. He was twenty three years old.
Ian Kevin Curtis
July 15, 1956 – May 18, 1980