Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Sir Jimmy Savile dies aged 84

Sir Jimmy Savile was just days short of his 85th birthday
Sir Jimmy Savile was just days short of his 85th birthday

Tributes have been paid to "larger than life" veteran DJ and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile, who has died at 84.

The star, who presented the first episode of Top Of The Pops as well as his long-running show Jim'll Fix It, was found at his home in Roundhay, Leeds, on Saturday - just two days before his 85th birthday.

His death came after a spell in hospital earlier this month with a suspected bout of pneumonia.

Known for his trademark catchphrases, tracksuits and tinted glasses, friends and colleagues described Sir Jimmy as a "larger than life" character who was dedicated to charity work.

Radio presenter David Hamilton said Sir Jimmy worked "tirelessly" to raise funds for various causes.

"He was a very energetic character," Mr Hamilton told Sky News.

"But most of all, I remember him as just a totally flamboyant, over the top, larger than life character and as he was on the air, he was just the same off."

Celebrities also paid tribute on Twitter.

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins said: "Sad news Jimmy Savile has passed away. My sis & I always wanted a Jim'll Fix it badge/medal. Loved that show. Great memories #RIPJimmySavile." Apprentice star Lord Sugar tweeted: "Sad news on the death of Jimmy Savile very funny man and did loads of work for charity, RIP."

Former radio colleague Tony Blackburn said Sir Jimmy was a "big, over the top personality".

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