Popular DJ and promoter Owen Money dies from cancer

Owen Muhammad AKA Owen Money

Owen Muhammad AKA Owen Money - Credit: Archant

A popular DJ and promoter who touched the hearts of thousands of people with his candid posts about his cancer battle on social networking website Facebook has died.

Owen with his mother Faye at the event held to raise funds to send him to Hondarus

Owen with his mother Faye at the event held to raise funds to send him to Hondarus - Credit: Archant

Owen Muhammad, who was better known as Owen Money, spoke openly about his illness after he was diagnosed with lung cancer in July last year.

The father-of-three, who was also a talented photographer, uploaded video diaries, pictures or written statuses detailing his condition throughout his battle.

He was given a life expectancy of just six months if he had chemotherapy but he bravely refused the treatment and decided to go down the holistic route by adopting a vegan and sugar-free diet.

Owen Money takes a selfie with Dr Sebi in Hondarus (Pic: Facebook)

Owen Money takes a selfie with Dr Sebi in Hondarus (Pic: Facebook) - Credit: Archant

He also stopped drinking alcohol.


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Owen refused to give up hope and after announcing his desire to visit world-famous holistic physician Dr Sebi in Hondarus a fundraising event was held by members of the house music community which made the £10,000 to pay for the trip.

During his stay he uploaded daily statues with him either posting a video or a photo of himself walking to the spring to fill his fluorescent pink kettle with water.

Owen with his partner Mary Desmond

Owen with his partner Mary Desmond - Credit: Archant

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On his return he continued with his honest posts and went on to defy medics by outliving his original prognosis.

He also travelled to Brussels to DJ at an event just weeks before he died.

Two weeks before he passed away on Good Friday he was admitted to hospital with breathlessness where tests revealed the cancer had spread to his other lung, liver, lymph node and brain.

The famous 'pink kettle' Owen used in Hondarus

The famous 'pink kettle' Owen used in Hondarus - Credit: Archant

He was discharged and died nine days later at the age of 47 at his home in Edgware.

Mary Desmond, Owen’s partner, said: “Owen was loved by everyone that knew him. “He was always smiling and made everyone feel so comfortable around him. I feel privileged to have been a part of Owen’s life.

“Loving him was so easy and although he is no longer with us the love that we all have for him will never die.”

Owen’s funeral will take place at West Norwood Crematorium, Norwood Road, London, SE27 9JU, on April 12 at 11.45am.

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