Friday 15 December 2017

TV presenter Jimmy Savile dies aged 84

Jimmy Savile. Photo: BBC/PA Wire
Jimmy Savile. Photo: BBC/PA Wire

Amy Murphy

The veteran DJ and broadcaster Jimmy Savile has died.

The body of the 84-year-old was found at his home in Leeds, just after midday today.

It is not known how Mr Savile 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 last month.

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

Jimmy Savile 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, including the Central Remedial Clinic in Dublin, and for many years was a regular marathon runner in support of good causes.

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