Tony Wilson is dead. It was a cancer that did it.
Wilson's doctors recommended he take the drug Sunitinib (aka Sutent), the £3,500/month cost of which was not funded by the Manchester Primary Care Trust. He was turned down by the NHS, while patients being treated alongside him at the Christie Hospital and living just a few miles away in Cheshire are receiving funding for the therapy.
A number of Wilson's music industry friends, including the Happy Mondays former manager Nathan McGough and their current manager, Elliot Rashman, formed a fund to help pay for Wilson's medical treatment. 
Wilson said: "This [Sutent] is my only real option. It is not a cure but can hold the cancer back, so I will probably be on it until I die ... When they said I would have to pay £3,500 for the drugs each month, I thought where am I going to find the money? I'm the one person in this industry who famously has never made any money ... I used to say some people make money and some make history - which is very funny until you find you can't afford to keep yourself alive ... I've never paid for private healthcare because I'm a socialist. Now I find you can get tummy tucks and cosmetic surgery on the NHS but not the drugs I need to stay alive. It is a scandal"
I was always very impressed by Anthony Wilson. He did what he thought was the right thing to do, regardless of whatever everybody else though he should be doing, which was usually something else. I was gutted I didn't get to meet him when we played The Tube that time. He was supposed to be presenting the show, but he was ill. Now I never will. Ah vey. he was ace, regardless.