PETER STRINGFELLOW, a nightclub mogul known for his flamboyancy and playboy lifestyle, has died of cancer today.
The businessman leaves behind his third wife and four children, aged between three and 55. His fight with cancer had been kept secret at his request.
His publicist said as he announced his death this morning that he did not want to tell people of his illness.
Tributes from friends and fans have poured in on social media. BBC newsreader Ben Thompson said Peter Stringfellow taught that if you want to be a success, you have to work for it.
He left school at 15, always ‘chased the money’ and courted controversy with his ‘outrageous’ clubs. But Peter Stringfellow, who’s died at the age of 77, told us if you want to be a success, you have to work for it. More reaction on @BBCBreakfast this morning. pic.twitter.com/bmRMuJnZOw
— Ben Thompson (@BBCBenThompson) June 7, 2018
Stringfellow was born in Sheffield in the north of England in 1940 and left school as a teenager before going on to sever prison time for selling stolen carpets in 1962.
He later opened clubs in Paris, New York, Miama, Beverly Hills and London and became the first person in Britain to win a full nude license for his ‘Stringfellows’ venue. He also claimed to have slept with some 2,000 women in his lifetime.
Stringfellow is outlived by third wife Bella, 36, who he married in Barbados in 2009. They had two children together: Rosebella, five, and Angelo, three.
He was also known for his charity work and his support of the Conservative Party who he campaigned and donated money to.