Massive Attack member and hundreds more attend funeral of DJ Derek

"Britain's oldest DJ" was found dead in March after going missing last summer

A funeral has taken place for Derek Serpell-Morris, better known as “Britain’s oldest DJ” DJ Derek, who was found dead in a woodland area near Bristol in March.

The 73 year old was a beloved local figure. He built a reputation for playing rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul during his career which featured slots at Glastonbury and the Big Chill.

Serpell-Morris went missing in July last year (2015) with his family launching a search that ultimately proved fruitless. His body parts were found close to The Mall, Cribbs Causeway on March 10.


Massive Attack member Daddy G was among hundreds in attendance at the service at St Agnes Church in St Pauls, Bristol. The musician had once called DJ Derek “an ambassador for cultural exchange”.

His brother Gerald Serpell-Morris in an eulogy said the DJ’s “increasing fame amused him” and described him as “kind, modest and unassuming”.

Bob Marley‘s ‘One Love’ was played after the service, with friends and fans joining in song. Watch footage from the service and see photos below.


Morris launched his DJ career in his mid-30s after working in the accounts department of confectionery firm Cadbury’s. In 2006, he told the BBC that he left the firm after years of “domestic hell” before starting work as a DJ in a Bristol pub.

Over more than 40 years he established himself as a fixture on the city’s clubbing scene. In 2012 he won the Lord Mayor’s medal for his “outstanding” contribution to the music scene in the city.

Aside from a one-off show on New Year’s Eve 2014, Morris retired from DJing in 2013.