'Sad' Prince Charles pays tribute to Jimmy Savile

Monday October 31, 2011

Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall led the tributes to veteran DJ and broadcaster Sir Jimmy Savile after he died at the weekend.

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."

Jimmy's two nephews told the press he passed away peacefully in his sleep on Friday night at his home in Leeds two days short of his 85th birthday.

The star – known for his catchphrases, tracksuits and gold jewellery – was described as a "larger than life" by friends and colleagues.

He raised millions of pounds for charity during his life and completed over 200 marathons for good causes. 

The Yorkshireman started his working life as a miner before working on to the entertainment business and establishing himself as a DJ.

In the Seventies, the star started a 20-year run as the host of Jim'll Fix It – making dreams come true for over 1,500 children.

Photo: © PA

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