New Order bass player says 'my heart is broken'

Peter Hook has paid tribute to Tony Wilson, who died yesterday, saying “my heart is broken”.

The New Order and Joy Division bass player likened the passing of the Factory Records founder to the death of his father.

Posting on his MySpace blog from Japan, Hook wrote: “It’s a very, very, very sad day. I feel very lost out here in Japan. It’s like my father dying all over again. I’m devastated.”

“I’ll be going back to England as soon as possible to pick up the pieces. My heart goes out to Yvette, Oliver, Hilary and Isabelle. I’m thinking of you all, my heart is broken.

“Say hello to Rob, Ian and Martin for me please Tony. Rest in peace. God bless.”

Wilson signed Joy Division to his Factory Records label, and together they opened Manchester‘s legendary Hacienda nightclub.

Wilson died yesterday in Manchester, from a heart attack following complications from cancer.

You can read Tony Wilson’s obituary along with a host of tributes led by New Order and Alan McGee on NME.COM now.

Now NME.COM want your thoughts. Send your tributes, stories and photos to tonywilsonnme@hotmail.co.uk and we’ll publish them.

See the NME Office Blog for our Tony Wilson comment and tribute, and leave a comment with your own.

Plus see next week’s NME – on UK newsstands from August 15 – for our special tribute issue to Tony Wilson.