Nightclub mogul Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77.
The Sheffield-born businessman and television personality, perhaps best known for launching his line of 'gentlemen's clubs' - one of which opened in Dublin in 2006 before closing after just five months - had been battling cancer but wanted to keep his illness out of the public eye, reports suggest.
He leaves behind his wife, Bella and their young children Rosabella and Angelo, as well as two grown-up children from previous relationships, Karen and Scott.
Social media has been paying tribute to him this morning:
So sorry to hear that Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77.He was a terrific guy who lived life to the full and was a wonderful person to be with.He was always full of fun and to me was a big part of he 60's and 70's .R.I.P. Peter x
— Tony Blackburn (@tonyblackburn) June 7, 2018
Sad to hear of the death of Peter Stringfellow; used to chat to him quite regularly when I covered the West End a decade or so ago; he was always willing to chat, though always something of a surreal experience when he was holding court on his gold throne in his club
— Joel Taylor (@JoelTaylorhack) June 7, 2018
RIP Peter Stringfellow, 77. The London nightclub owner was a longtime Con supporter until he dithched the party to fight Brexit. Discussing him and Europe on @GMB in a mo
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) June 7, 2018
Shocked to wake up to the news that Peter Stringfellow has died - one of the many characters I got to meet and know during my diary days at the Telegraph, who was always a generous host and enjoyed chatting about politics. Deepest condolences to Bella and his children. RIP pic.twitter.com/LFCTR4d9YF
— Jonathan Isaby (@isaby) June 7, 2018
Just hearing the News Peter Stringfellow has died , God Rest Him , he once paid for our drinks in his club in the late 80’s ðŸ™?ðŸ™?
— Simon Ross (@rossie7dj) June 7, 2018
Peter Stringfellow. That’s one person who won’t be arriving at the Pearly Gates thinking, “If only I’d...”
Except perhaps, “... lived longer”.
Got to be thinking of the young ones he’s left behind.
— Greg Scott (@GregScottTV) June 7, 2018
RIP Peter Stringfellow. I have no idea why I met you - kids’ tv was weird in the 90s. pic.twitter.com/Hw3BXRyurY
— Marie (@mariemarie0) June 7, 2018
Death of a playboy - Peter Stringfellow dies aged 77, his spokesman confirms pic.twitter.com/wA1ijBWYv3
— Danny Boyle (@DannyBoyle87) June 7, 2018
RIP Peter Stringfellow , so many amazing memories I have with this man , from when I first came to UK and he took care of me for years in his club to staying with him and his family in Spain . Rest in peace friend, my thoughts r with ur family . No doubt a legacy will live on .
— Calum Best Official (@CalumBest) June 7, 2018
Peter Stringfellow, S.T.R.I.P.
— Daniel Maier (@danielmaier) June 7, 2018
Peter Stringfellow - now there's a life lived.
— Rachel Hawkins (@ourrachblogs) June 7, 2018