TRIBUTES were paid to “larger than life” veteran DJ and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile. He would have celebrated his 85th birthday today.
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, on Saturday.
His death came after a spell in hospital earlier this month with a suspected bout of pneumonia.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall led the tributes to the star.
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.”
It is not yet known how Sir Jimmy died but it is believed there were no suspicious circumstances.
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 has raised millions for charity and for many years was a regular marathon runner in support of good causes.
Radio presenter David Hamilton said Sir Jimmy worked “tirelessly” to raise funds for various causes.
“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.”
Sir Jimmy raised £20m for the creation of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1983.
He was a volunteer at the hospital and ran more than 200 marathons for various charitable organisations.