Savile Dies Aged 84

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October 29, 2011 | 10:35am EST

Beloved British TV star Sir Jimmy Savile has died at the age of 84.
The former Top of the Pops presenter passed away at his home in Leeds, England, according to Sky News.

The TV channel reports police were called to the property on Saturday. The cause of Savile’s death is currently not known but officers are not treating it as suspicious.

The news comes just two days before what would have been Savile’s 85th birthday on Monday.

His DJ friend Dave Lee Travis paid tribute to the star, telling Sky News, “I literally only found minutes ago… It’s a shock. I guess you get to a certain age and you watch people getting older, but with Jim, you couldn’t anticipate that he wasn’t going to be around… He was one of the first DJs that actually became a personality… He was a slightly tormented soul, he had a lot on his plate. He was outrageously fit for his age… going running and stuff, doing what he did for charity.”

Savile started his career working in a coal mine as a teenager, but went onto become a successful DJ and TV presenter.

He was the first host of legendary British music show Top of the Pops and had a long career on the radio, but he will be best remembered for his beloved British television programme Jim’ll Fix It, which saw him make viewers’ wishes come true.

He was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) medal by Queen Elizabeth II in 1971, and he received a knighthood in 1990.

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