Dario G star Paul Spencer gave positive health update just six months before tragic death

Dario G star Paul Spencer
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Dario G star Paul Spencer tragically passed away at the age of 53, just six months after optimistically stating he was "doing really well" in his battle against rectal cancer.

The beloved musician, who rose to fame in 1997 with the Cheshire dance trio Dario G, has left fans and loved ones mourning.

A heartfelt social media statement from Dario G expressed the sorrow of his passing: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Paul Spencer earlier today."

The statement continued to honour his fighting spirit and his legacy: "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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Dario G said he was 'doing really well' amid stage 4 cancer diagnosis just six months before his sad death -Credit:Instagram/@dariogofficial

Last June, Paul bravely shared news of his diagnosis on social media platform X.

In an emotional interview with the Mirror towards the end of last year, Paul discussed his condition and the effects of his ongoing treatment.

Heartbreakingly, he revealed to us just half a year before his death that he had been doing "really well" as he faced chemotherapy, despite its challenging side effects.

Reflecting on his journey and looking ahead, he shared: "I'm doing really, really well. The chemo and the medication arrested and stopped the pain and then I think the chemo starts to take an effect. I think in a month's time I'll be having another scan so that'll be around Christmas time. So yeah, my Christmas present is a photoshoot of another CT scan or MRI scan. I had one done [recently] on my brain as well because little problems appeared because of the chemo."

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Paul Spencer rose to fame with Cheshire dance trio Dario G -Credit:Instagram/@dariogofficial

Some of the side effects included peripheral neuropathy, which is a type of nerve damage that can cause pain, numbness or weakness. Common symptoms of peripheral neuropathy include pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in your hands, arms or even feet.

He also heartbreakingly shared his wish to 'ring the bell', marking the end of his cancer treatment. "One of the things I've looked into is watches and things like that," Paul said.

"I've never had a watch so maybe when I get to ring that bell, I've thought about buying myself a nice watch. I was looking at buying a classic car and stuff like that. I've had one of them before, but it probably breaks down."

"I thought, 'Well, no, I might buy a watch because it's there. And it's, you know, it's something you can look at. It's something that's a reminder of the future. I'll try and make it a positive thing like, 'That was when I reached that milestone.' When I do reach that milestone, one of the things I've had is well, I'll buy a watch and then I'll buy a new watch every year for the rest of my life."

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Tributes have poured in for the 90s star -Credit:Instagram/Dario G

Announcing his cancer diagnosis last June, Paul explained it was "hard to write" but he was trying to "stay positive."

He said: "Hard to write this. I've just found out that I've got stage 4 rectal cancer and a shadow on my liver. That's damn hard to read too I'm sure. Gonna give it my best shot though. Stay positive, cos I am. Always. Seeing the doctors on Friday to discuss the next steps."

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