NIGHTCLUB mogul Peter Stringfellow has died at the age of 77 after privately battling cancer.

The businessman, whose clubs attracted celebrities from around the world, died in the early hours of Thursday morning after spending time in hospital.

The flamboyant nightclub boss was previously diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 when he went for what he thought would be a prostate test with his private GP, but what turned out to be a fuller check.

His publicist said that Stringfellow - who was born in Sheffield - had been “battling” a different cancer for the past year.

The London club on Covent Garden’s Upper St Martins Lane will continue to operate as normal.

The nightclub pioneer, whose youngest children are four and two, married three times.