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Tributes paid to 'larger than life' Sir Jimmy Savile

By Amy Murphy and Ella Pickover

The 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 on Sunday - just two days before his 85th birthday.

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

It is not yet clear how he died.

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.

He 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 raised millions for charity and for many years was a regular marathon runner in support of good causes.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers were called to an exclusive apartment complex where Sir Jimmy lived.

Neighbours spoke of their shock at hearing about the news.

Len Silverman (90) who has lived in the six-storey complex for 11 years, said he had got to know Sir Jimmy well.

Mr Silverman said: "I'll remember him as someone you can always talk to and have a laugh with. He was very friendly.

"He will be terribly missed by everyone here."

A woman leaving the apartments said she had seen Sir Jimmy in a restaurant about two weeks ago and claimed he seemed ill.

She said: "He was really, really poorly. He really should not have been out.

"It's the first time in all the times we've seen him that he didn't have a joke."

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