Sir Jimmy Saville dies aged 84

by Lisa McGarry

Jimmy Saville has passed away, aged 84.

The Jim’ll Fix It star was found dead at his home this afternoon, just two days before his 85th birthday it has been reported.

The pensioner was found by police at 12.10 today, in his home in Roundhay, Leeds.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson made a statement saying:

‘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 man will best be remembered as one of the most popular radio DJs of his time, as well as the first and last presenter of the long-running BBC chart show Top of the Pops.

He raised millions of pounds for charity over his long spanning career but in recent years became more well known for his eccentric ways and behaviour.

Jimmy started work in the coal mines of Leeds at the age of fourteen and had he not been involved in an accident shortly afterwards, may have spent his life working there. However he then turned his hand to DJ-ing and in the 1960s, landed his first television role, as the presenter of Tyne Tees Television’s music programme Young at Heart. Although the show was broadcast in black and white, Savile dyed his hair a different colour every week.

One of Savile’s most recent TV appearances was when he entered the Celebrity Big Brother house in January 2006. During two visits the quirky star “fixed it” for some of the housemates to receive a wish. Pete Burns received a message from his partner and Dennis Rodman was able to trade Savile’s offering for a supply of cigarettes for other housemates.

Savile will be sadly missed. Leave your tributes below.