Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow died early morning on June 7, 2018, at the age of 77 after battling cancer, a spokesman said in a statement.
Matt Grass, Peter’s publicist, told the Press Association, “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 businessman’s family has asked for respect and privacy in their time of sorrow. Peter left behind Bella, his wife, and four children.
Peter was the son of a Sheffield steelworker and had opened Stringfellows in Covent Garden after getting involved in the night-time trade in the early 1960s Peter had described his club in Covent Garden as the world’s premier gentlemen’s club. The ‘King of Clubs’ opened his clubs in many cities around the world. His eponymous club in the West End area of London was a regular venue for many celebrities.
Peter had said, “I went to a strip club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the 80s and loved it. I then immediately opened up Stringfellows New York and it became a great success as I changed it to a strip club.”
There were some big names that Peter Stringfellow had booked during his lifetime, including The Beatles, The Kinks and Jimi Hendrix. Matt Grass stated that the Stringfellows club in Covent Garden will continue to operate ‘as normal’.
Peter was diagnosed with cancer back in 2008 but kept it a secret while only telling his family and friends – until it was leaked in 2015.
Tribute to Peter Stringfellow
Frank Bruno, former boxing champion, paid a tribute to Peter, describing him as ‘a great guy and king of the discos’.
Tony Parsons, journalist and novelist, shared a picture of ‘three legends’ on Twitter: American singers Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye with Peter.
Singer Boy George went on to describe him as ‘one of Sheffield’s finest’. He tweeted, “R.I.P Peter Stringfellow. Wow, a big part of our lives and one of Sheffield’s finest. What a character. He introduced me and my mum to Princess Diana.”
Tony Blackburn, BBC Radio presenter, tweeted, “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 the 60s and 70s.”
Brian Moore, a former rugby player, said that Peter was ‘very good company’. Calum Best wrote, “RIP Peter Stringfellow, so many amazing memories I have with this man, from when I first came to the UK and he took care of me for years in his club to stay with him and his family in Spain. Rest in peace friend, my thoughts r with your family. No doubt a legacy will live on.”