in The cemetery of Macclesfield, south of Manchester, the grave of Ian Curtis, leader of the british rock band Joy Division has once again been desecrated. The grisly discovery was made last Saturday by a fan, Ian Seivwright, who came to collect. He immediately took a picture of the place and sent it to Joy Division Central, a fan site of the group who posted the photo on August 5 on Twitter. The stone covering the tomb has been stolen. It did not include any particular listing and was a “purely aesthetic,” explained the staff of the cemetery at Cheshire Live.
The top stone on Ian Curtis”s memorial has been removed, without the cemetery’s knowledge. a
Ian’s inscribed memorial stone was stolen in 2008 and a replacement securely cemented in place. It appears attempts were made to remove this as well.
Photos (C) Ian Seivwright pic.twitter.com/GB8ilUui0e
— Joy Division Central (@JD_Central) August 5, 2019
Two desecrations in eleven years
This is not the first time that the burial of Ian Curtis is violated. In 2008, the headstone bearing the inscription ‘Love will Tear Us Apart”, the title of one of the tubes of the group, had been stolen. Since this episode the fans were worried about other attempts to defend A new headstone, bearing the same inscriptions, that the subtilisée, has been cemented in place.
The reactions of fans on Twitter were not slow. All say they are shocked.
this is so upsetting and beyond disrespectful, and this isn’t even the first time it’s happened. ian curtis deserved a lot better, even in death. https://t.co/rzBmCQzwUL
— (@maxxmacabre) August 6, 2019
“It is so upsetting and disrespectful, and this is not even the first time that it happens. Ian Curtis deserves a lot better, even in death.”
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This is fucking burning heresy!#JoyDivision
RIP #iancurtis https://t.co/oMtvcU86b7
— Darren *Yuk Foo* Richardson (@BlackCloud1966) August 6, 2019
“It is a “whore” heresy”
How low must your level of respect and empathy be, to even contemplate the idea of stealing a tombstone? This is the second time Ian Curtis’ memorial has been violated. Unbelievable. https://t.co/1bhv7I58yx
— Minutes to Midnight (@Minutes2Mid) August 6, 2019
“how far your level of respect and empathy is low to even consider the idea to steal a gravestone? This is the second time that the memorial of Ian Curtis is violated. Amazing.”
Hearing about the theft and vandalism from Ian Curtis”s grave. If you actively deface and desecrate the guys serious, are you even a fan ffs
— Henry (@s0methingvagu3) August 6, 2019
“to Hear about the theft and vandalism on the grave of Ian Curtis. If disfigure yourself and profane actively the grave of the guy, are you even a fan?”
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Ian Curtis died at the age of 23 years and remains a rock icon. Suffering from epilepsy, which prevented to ensure the concerts of the group formed in 1977, he developed a depression and ended its days the may 18, 1980. His suicide led to the dissolution of Joy Division. His voice sweet, his words dark and poetic, and his life have contributed to the myth of posthumous of the group.