ROB GRETTON, manager of New Order, has died at his home. First reports say that he suffered a heart attack on Saturday morning.
Gretton first met Joy Division when they played a battle of the bands contest in Manchester organised by indie labels Stiff and Chiswick in early 1978.
Gretton introduced the band to Granada TV presenter and embryonic record company boss Tony Wilson. Gretton then took over the management of the band from former drummer Terry Mason, a role that he remained in for over 20 years. He is survived by his partner, Lesley and their two children.
A full obituary will follow.