Fabric legend Shaun Roberts dies after colon cancer diagnosis

Shaun Roberts held a fundraising gig at Fabric for his treatment  (GoFundMe)
Shaun Roberts held a fundraising gig at Fabric for his treatment (GoFundMe)

Tributes have flooded in from clubland for “legendary” Fabric promoter Shaun Roberts who passed away after a terminal cancer diagnosis.

The dance music pioneer was hailed for making risky bookings for the iconic London nightclub and giving chances to unknown DJs.

He documented his fight with colon cancer after being first diagnosed four years ago, raising £160,000 to fight the disease.

In 2020 Shaun was diagnosed with stage four metastatic cancer but outlived the 18 months he was told he had left by doctors.

He was self-funding pioneering immunotherapy at the CeGat Clinic in Tubingen, Germany when he passed away.

In November last year, he held a fundraising concert hosted by Annie Mac at Fabric joking he could go to Germany to start treatment and “eat bratwurst” with the bar proceeds.

Fabric announced his death on Twitter on Tuesday, writing: “ Our Shaun… As a team and a family we are devastated at your loss. The dearest friend to us, a cherished Fabric family member, professional raver, passionate music lover, full of strength, determination and so much more. We love you very much.

“You paved the way for so many artists that are now at the top of their game and helped shape Fabric into the club it is today. We are all so grateful. We will miss your humour, your banter, your rants, your anarchy, your cheeky smile and everything amazing that made you, you.”

Radio DJ Lauren Laverne was among the dozens of musicians paying tribute to Mr Roberts.

Hudson Mohawke tweeted: “So sad. Lot of ppl myself included owe him a great deal. Responsible for a lot of pivotal moments in ppls careers / took a lot of risks in the stuff he booked at Fabric. And more importantly just a brilliant guy.”

DJ Yoda added: “Rest in peace Shaun Roberts of fabric, who looked out for me early in my career, and was always a lovely guy to be around. My love to anyone close to him.”


He wrote before his tragic death: “I wouldn’t be in this sorry state if I had paid more attention to what my body was telling me. I put it off for ages, made excuses why I was too busy to get to the doctor and told myself it would get better.

“Ultimately that’s my fault. Please don’t be stupid like I was. It’s scary to face it but what I have been through is much worse. Catch cancer early and you will give yourself much better odds of beating it.

“You or someone very close to you is going to get cancer so be prepared. Insist on careful diagnosis from your doctor. Go for a second opinion if you are unsure. Read up on what to look out for.”