Tributes have been paid to a popular DJ who died just three weeks after his cancer diagnosis.
Phil Cheung passed away suddenly on Saturday, November 13, after a short battle with cancer that left his loved ones “heartbroken”.
Phil, known as DJ Chill, was described as a “big personality” and was well known in the entertainment industry.
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Close friend Stuart Hodson told ECHO: “We had been best friends for a while, met at nightclubs in Liverpool and worked together on 909 events in Liverpool like the Williamson Tunnels.
“We were really good friends. Phil was a big personality. He was very well known in the clubbing scene and loved going to places like Medication and Creamfields, everyone knew him.
“He was just a really big personality.”
Stuart organized a fundraiser to help cover his friend’s funeral costs and give him “a sendoff he deserved”.
But after initially setting the goal at £2,500, the community rallied behind the cause and over £9,000 was raised – with additional funds going to cancer research.
Phil, originally from Belfast, died suddenly and unexpectedly after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
Stuart went on to say it was important to raise awareness of the disease, adding: “He was seen for stomach pain and was given antacid tablets and then came back with back pain. where they thought he might have had a herniated disc.
“It all started in July and eventually he couldn’t get out of bed or move and an ambulance was called and the diagnosis came in October so he spent a lot of time in pain.
“Phil came here at university and met us a lot, we became his family.
“When I organized the fundraiser, I did not expect this amount to be raised in such a short time. I thought that if we could raise at least half of the initial goal, it would cover the majority of his service, but we collected an awful lot.
“Phil was fearlessly loyal. He was compassionate and had time for everyone. He was a very fun person and loved a good party, always being the last man standing.
“He loved Creamfields, it was his favourite.”
Phil’s funeral took place in Belfast on Wednesday.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so online here.
The fundraiser reads: “We are raising funds to pay for the funeral expenses of our dear friend Phil Cheung.
“Phil passed away very suddenly from cancer and we will be covering the funeral and making sure our companion has a worthy send off of the amazing man he was. He will be sadly missed and we are grateful for all the support.
“Any extra money raised will go towards cancer research.”
Dozens of tribute messages were left on the fundraising page for Phil, which “touched the hearts of many”.
One person said: “RIP Phil. I will remember the talks, the laughs, the drunken after work parties on Friday and Saturday nights at Gildernews.
“You were always there if anyone needed anything, beware, you could be grumpy too, which makes me laugh. You will be remembered in so many ways.
“Enjoy this party up there and take care of those who were by your side because they will need it most. GBNF YNWA.”
Another said: “Man, backstage will never be the same. The world is a poorer place without you. Until we meet again.”
Another well-wisher added: “I loved you mate, you gave me so much of your precious time and energy and I will always remember you. You were also a good friend and a devotee.
“When people say we lost one of the good guys they really mean it. You really were, one of the good guys. God rest your soul in peace Phil, keep being that Irish menace that we we all love.”
Phil was big on the DJ circuit, not just in Northern Ireland but in Ibiza and Liverpool and had friends all over the world who were heartbroken by his sudden death – with big names such as Seb Fontaine taking a moment to pay tribute to him, BelfastLive reports.
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