Dario G's touching performance in hospital weeks before his death at 53

-Credit: (Image: @dariogofficial/X)
-Credit: (Image: @dariogofficial/X)

Crewe pop legend Dario G performed a moving ballad in hospital weeks before his death. The 90s dance music sensation, real name Paul Spencer, took to the piano in the foyer of The Christie Hospital in Withington, Manchester, in April as he performed a ballad of his own composition, 'I Live in You'.

Paul, who shot to fame with Dario G's 1997 global hit 'Sunchyme', recorded in a Crewe bedroom, died on Monday (June 17) after a year-long battle with Stage 4 rectal cancer. The classically-trained pianist said the performance in late April was his "first piano recital in a chair" as he appeared in a wheelchair.

"It hurts to play sadly, crushing the painful tumours," Paul said on social media. "Anyway I enjoyed it lots."

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In June 2023, the Crewe musician known for 'Sunchyme' and 1998 World Cup anthem 'Carnaval de Paris' announced he was battling Stage 4 cancer, saying the statement was "hard to write" and "damn hard to read too I’m sure.

He added: "Gonna give it my best shot though. Stay positive, cos I am."

In a tweet posted April 19, Paul said: "I’m a fighter but wow this is a fight. I’d appreciated your love, prayers, healing energy & vibes.

"A cure would be pretty useful too. Currently in hospital for acute pain."

He added: "Thank you all. Happy thoughts only please."

A statement posted to Dario G's social media Monday read: "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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