Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Tributes pour in for Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Savile - pictured here presenting Top of the Pops in 1976 - has died (BBC/PA)

The "larger than life" veteran DJ and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile has died aged 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, just after midday, two days before his 85th birthday.

Two of Sir Jimmy's nephews said their uncle died peacefully in his sleep.

Roger Foster and Ian McKenna paid tribute to Sir Jimmy outside his flat.

Mr Foster said: "It is with deep sadness that I can tell you that our uncle Sir Jimmy Savile passed away quietly in his sleep during the night. Jimmy was a wonderful man, his public face is well-known but we knew him as much more than an uncle, he was a very good friend.

"Jimmy will be sadly missed by very many people. We would like to thank the people who have already offered their condolences."

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led the tributes to the star - who was described by some as a "court jester".

A Clarence House spokeswoman, said: "The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall were saddened to hear of Jimmy Savile's death and their thoughts are with his family at this time."

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.

Sir Jimmy started his working life as a miner in his native Yorkshire before running a series of clubs and working as a wrestler and DJ. He has raised millions for charity and for many years was a regular marathon runner in support of good causes.

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