Dario G star Paul Spencer dies aged 53 after cancer diagnosis

17 June 2024, 17:16 | Updated: 17 June 2024, 23:19

Dario G star Paul Spencer has died at the age of 53 following a cancer diagnosis.

The dance music producer, whose hits included Sunchyme and Carnaval De Paris, was diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer in 2023 and regularly posted about his condition on social media.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Paul Spencer earlier today," the musician's family said as they announced the news on social media.

"He was positive until the end but this was one battle he could not fight anymore. He leaves behind a wonderful musical legacy and many happy memories for many people.

"He will be sadly missed by everyone who loved him. Shine bright our big star."

Dario G was originally a trio made up of Spencer and fellow DJs Scott Rosser and Stephen Spencer (no relation).

However, in recent years Paul Spencer had been using Dario G as the stage name for his solo act.

The original group, named after then manager of Crewe Alexandra FC, Dario Gradi, was best known for their debut single Sunchyme which reached number two on the UK singles chart in 1997.

It was kept off the top spot by Sir Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana, Candle In The Wind.

A year later the trio released Carnaval De Paris for the 1998 FIFA World Cup - with the track peaking at number five in the UK singles chart.

Fellow musicians have paid tribute to Spencer in the comments section below the family's Instagram post announcing his death.

Electronic duo Phats and Small wrote: "Lost for words. One of the good guys, you'll be missed brother."

British DJ and radio presenter MistaJam wrote: "Sending love and sincere condolences to his friends and family.

"Rest in Peace, thank you for the music."

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DJ and record producer Sigala wrote: "That's so sad. A true inspiration, he brought joy to so many people and will live on forever through his music.

"Paul told me many times over the last year 'go get yourself checked' so I'm passing on that message to anyone reading this, as I'm sure he would want me to. Our health should be more of a priority!

"He will be missed greatly. Sending love to his family, rest in peace buddy."

Spencer, who was born in Crewe, announced in June 2023 that he had stage 4 rectal cancer in an Instagram post.

He wrote: "Hard to write this. I've just found out that I've got stage 4 rectal cancer and a shadow on my liver.

"That's damn hard to read too I'm sure. Gonna give it my best shot though. Stay positive, cos I am. Always. Seeing the doctors on Friday to discuss the next steps."

In May this year, Spencer announced that his first show of 2024, when he was booked to perform at the County Ground in Swindon, would not go ahead due to illness.