Dario G: 90's dance producer known for hit Sunchyme dies aged 53 after cancer battle

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Dance producer Dario G, whose hit 1997 Sunchyme reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, has died aged 53. The musician, whose real name was Paul Spencer, had been diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer last year.

His death was confirmed by his family on Monday (June 17). In a statement posted on his official Instagram page, they wrote: “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 anymore. 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.”

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Dance producer Dario G, whose hit 1997 Sunchyme reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, has died aged 53. The musician, whose real name was Paul Spencer, had been diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer last year. Dance producer Dario G, whose hit 1997 Sunchyme reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, has died aged 53. The musician, whose real name was Paul Spencer, had been diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer last year.
Dance producer Dario G, whose hit 1997 Sunchyme reached number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, has died aged 53. The musician, whose real name was Paul Spencer, had been diagnosed with stage four rectal cancer last year. | Instagram @dariogofficial

Formed in Cheshire, Dario G was initially a trio consisting of DJs and producers Scott Rosser, Paul Spencer, and Stephen Spencer (unrelated despite sharing the same surname).

The trio originally went by the name Dario but changed to Dario G to avoid legal issues with another artist of the same name. The name Dario G was inspired by Dario Gradi, then manager of Crewe Alexandra FC, with the 'G' also added in homage to American jazz saxophonist Kenny G.

Eventually, Rosser and Stephen Spencer left the group to pursue other ventures, leaving Paul Spencer to continue as a solo act.

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