Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died

The nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died from cancer aged 77, his spokesman has said.

The British businessman, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Known as the "King of Clubs", the entrepreneur opened a string of venues across the world.

The businessman's club "Stringfellows" on Upper St Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, is one of the longest-running nightlife venues in the capital since its launch in 1980.

Stringfellow, who was born and raised in Sheffield, went on to open venues in Paris, New York, Miami and Beverly Hills.

His career in nightlife began in 1962 when he rented out a church in his hometown every Friday night.

The Beatles agreed to play there in 1963 and the demand for tickets was so great he had to rent out a bigger venue.

The same year he opened another club in Sheffield, the Blue Moon, which went on to host acts including The Kinks, Rod Stewart and Freddie Starr.

Stringfellow opened the King Mojo Club in Sheffield in 1964.

The likes of The Who, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner perfromed there.

After stints running clubs in Leeds and Manchester, Stringfellow relocated to London in 1980 where he would open his eponymous venue.

The club was frequented by A-list movie stars, TV personalities, rock stars and models in the years that followed.

Stringfellow leaves behind his four children Rosabella, Angelo, Scott and Karen from three marriages.

He was also a grandfather to Taylor, Jamie, Thomas and Isabelle.

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