Leeds’s own Sir Jimmy Savile dies aged 84

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SIR Jimmy Savile has been found dead at his Leeds home just two days before his 85th birthday.

The veteran DJ and broadcaster was found at his home in Roundhay, Leeds, just after midday on Saturday. (October 29)

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It is not known how Sir Jimmy died but it is believed there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers were called to a house in Leeds this afternoon.

The spokesman said: “Police were called at 12.10pm today to the discovery of a man’s body at a house in Roundhay, Leeds.

“The body of a man in his 80s was found at the property.

“There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.”

The star, who presented the first episode of Top Of The Pops as well as his long-running show Jim’ll Fix It, was admitted to hospital suffering from a bout of pneumonia in September.

Presenter Dave Lee Travis told Sky News Sir Jimmy was a “larger than life” character, adding: “We are all going to be worse off without him around.”

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.

Known for his trademark jewellery, tracksuit and tinted glasses, friends described him as a “showman”.

Radio presenter David Hamilton said that Sir Jimmy, who was knighted for his services to charity, 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.”

Lord Alan Sugar tweeted: “Sad news on the death of Jimmy Savile very funny man and did loads of work for charity RIP.”

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