Sir Jimmy Savile has died
Sir Jimmy Savile died in his sleep at his home in Leeds yesterday (29.10.11), two days before his 85th birthday
Sir Jimmy Savile has died.
The legendary 'Jim'll Fix It' and 'Top of the Pops' presenter was found dead at his home in Leeds yesterday afternoon (29.10.11) by his doctor, two days before his 85th birthday.
While the cause of death is unknown, it is not believed to be suspicious with his two nephews Roger Foster and Ian McKenna confirming their uncle had died in his sleep.
Mr. Foster said: "It is with deep sadness that I can tell you that our uncle Sir Jimmy Savile passed away quietly in his sleep during the night.
"Jimmy was a wonderful man, his public face is well-known but we knew him as much more than an uncle, he was a very good friend.
"Jimmy will be sadly missed by very many people. We would like to thank the people who have already offered their condolences."
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson added: "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."
Tributes began pouring in immediately for the eccentric star, who never found love, with Ricky Gervais tweeting: "RIP Jimmy Saville My first guest on my first TV Show A proper British eccentric(sic)."
Lord Alan Sugar wrote: "Sad news on the death of Jimmy Savile very funny man and did loads of work for charity RIP."
Singer Katherine Jenkins added:"'Sad news Jimmy Saville has passed away.My sis & I always wanted a Jim'll Fix it Badge/Medal. Loved that show.Great memories #RIPJimmySaville. (sic)."
A prolific fundraiser, Jimmy raised over £40 million for charity, much of it going to patients with spinal injuries while radio presenter Paul Burnett revealed the star would often work as a porter in one of the hospitals he raised money for.
He told Sky News: "He didn't have a family as such and so when he took on a charity, that became his family.
"He did a lot of work as a porter in the hospital that he collected money for. He would go there at night and work as a porter and I think he loved the people that he worked with, it wasn't just for the publicity, but he knew the charities were doing well out of it as well.
"He was capable of acts of great kindness. You didn't really ever get to know 'the man' because he was a showman, and like so many showmen that's - that's their main thing in life and he did it brilliantly."