New Order singer Bernard Sumner
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Bernard Sumner on 'shock' death of Joy Division's Curtis

Former Joy Division guitarist Bernard Sumner has spoken about the "shock" he and his bandmates felt when they heard of singer Ian Curtis's death.

Sumner, who co-formed New Order after Curtis took his own life aged 23, said the news turned the lives of everyone he knew "upside down".

Speaking with BBC Radio 5 live's Richard Bacon, he added that if Curtis had not died, he "couldn't have continued in the band" due to his "deteriorating" health.

"I think he'd have lived somewhere very quiet and become a writer of books... He was destined to be some sort of literary figure," Sumner said.

  • 18 Sep 2014