Dance music producer Dario G known for No 2 hit Sunchyme dies at 53

<span>Dario G performing at Wentworth music festival last September.</span><span>Photograph: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy</span>
Dario G performing at Wentworth music festival last September.Photograph: ZUMA Press, Inc./Alamy

Paul Spencer, the dance music producer known as Dario G, has died at the age of 53.

The musician was diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer in 2023 and regularly posted about his condition on social media.

Spencer’s family wrote on Instagram: “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Paul Spencer earlier today.

“He was positive until the end but this was one battle he could not fight any more. He leaves behind a wonderful musical legacy and many happy memories for many people.

“He will be sadly missed by everyone who loved him. Shine bright our big star.”

Dario G was originally a trio comprising of Spencer and fellow DJs Scott Rosser and Stephen Spencer, named after the manager of Crewe Alexandra football club at the time, Dario Gradi.

In recent years Spencer, who was born in Crewe, had been using Dario G as the stage name for his solo act.

The original group were best known for their debut single, Sunchyme, which reached No 2 in the UK singles chart in 1997 and was kept off the top spot only by Elton John’s Candle in the Wind, his tribute to Diana, Princess of Wales.

A year later the trio released Carnaval de Paris for the 1998 World Cup in France, with the track reaching No 5 in the UK singles chart.

Fellow musicians have paid tribute to Spencer.

Electronic duo Phats & Small wrote on Instagram: “Lost for words. One of the good guys, you’ll be missed brother.”

British DJ and radio presenter MistaJam wrote: “Sending love and sincere condolences to his friends and family. Rest in Peace, thank you for the music.”

DJ and record producer Sigala wrote: “That’s so sad. A true inspiration, he brought joy to so many people and will live on forever through his music.

“Paul told me many times over the last year ‘go get yourself checked’ so I’m passing on that message to anyone reading this, as I’m sure he would want me to. Our health should be more of a priority!

“He will be missed greatly. Sending love to his family, rest in peace buddy.”

In April, Spencer posted a photo of himself on X in a wheelchair playing the piano and wrote: “1st piano recital in a chair. Shout out wheelchair users.

“Made it 2 the Christie’s foyer, my M&S fancy crisp crumbs on the keys. Gorg piano. 3 ideas. Rusty but real. I’ll share a 2nd/3rd. It hurts to play sadly, crushing the painful tumours. Anyway I enjoyed it lots.”