By Matt Bagwell
Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77, it has been announced.
His publicist Matt Glass confirmed he had passed away on Thursday morning.
Mr Glass said: “It’s very sad news. He passed away in the early hours of this morning. It was kept very private, he didn’t want to tell. He wanted to keep it a secret.”
The so-called ‘King of Clubs’, had been battling cancer, which he had kept private.
In 2015 he revealed he had beaten lung cancer, saying: “I couldn’t believe it when they said it was the Big C and it was lung cancer. I’ve never smoked in my life and it’s the worst cancer you can get at my age.
“I was told if I’d waited until I had symptoms like coughing and wheezing it would have been too late to save me.”
The businessman owned a string of clubs – named after himself – around the world, the most famous of which was in London’s West End, which attracted the likes of The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.
He became a father again at the age of 72, when his wife Bella gave birth to their son, Angelo.
He said at the time: “My last child was born 48 years ago, so I’m up for the challenge.
“I know it’s going to be tough so, of course we’ll have nannies – a night nanny, and a day nanny and a holiday nanny and an aeroplane nanny. I’m ready for the hardship.”
He is survived by his wife and his four children, Karen, Scott, Rosabella and Angelo.
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