Jimmy Savile dies aged 84

Original host of 'Top Of The Pops' was found dead at his Leeds home at lunchtime today (October 29)

Jimmy Savile has died at the age of 84.

The veteran broadcaster was found dead at his home in Roundhay, Leeds earlier this morning, according to the Press Association.

The cause of death is not yet known, although West Yorkshire Police confirmed they attended an address in Leeds and discovered the body of a man in his 80s.

They said:

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.


Savile had been admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia in September.

The legendary television and radio personality was the first host of Top Of The Pops and one of the early Radio 1 presenters.

Later in his career he was known for his Saturday evening show Jim’ll Fix It, which ran throughout the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, and his considerable amount of charity work

Fellow broadcaster and Top Of The Pops host Tony Blackburn told BBC News that Savile was a “complete one-off”.

He added: “I’ve never known anyone quite like him. He was a blunt speaking northerner, but also kind and very respectful.”

Prince Charles has also praised Savile in a statement released by Clarence House which said: “The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall are saddened to hear of Jimmy Savile’s death and their thoughts are with his family at this time.”