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Jimmy Savile
Jimmy Savile 2006.jpg
Savile in 2006
James Wilson Vincent Savile

31 October 1926(1926-10-31)
Leeds, England
Died29 October 2011(2011-10-29) (aged 84)
Leeds, England
Cause of deathPneumonia
Other namesMr. Savile
OccupationDJ, dance hall manager, author, presenter, comedian, writer
Years active1934–2005

Sir James Wilson Vincent "Jimmy" Savile (31 October 1926 - 29 October 2011)[1] OBE, KCSG was an English DJ, television presenter, and comedian.[2]

Early life

Savile was born in Leeds the youngest of seven children and his siblings were Mary, Marjory, Vincent, John, Joan and Cristina. His parents were Vincent Joseph Marie Savile and Agnes Monica Kelly .[3] and died there of natural causes. He was a devout Roman Catholic.[3] He presented Jim'll Fix It and Top of the Pops.[1] Savile was also a professional wrestler and cyclist when he was young and during World War II he was conscripted to work as a Bevin Boy in the coal mines.


Savile started being a DJ at Radio Luxembourg in 1958. He stopped working for them in 1967. In 1968 he joined BBC Radio 1. On New Year's Day 1964 he presented the first edition of the BBC music chart television programme Top of the Pops. In 1971 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.


Savile was also an honorary life member of the British Gypsy Council and the first non-gypsy to be an honorary life member.

In 1990, he was made a Knight Bachelor for his charity work.


On the morning of 29 October 2011, Savile was found dead in his home at the age of 84 just 2 days before his 85th birthday. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances to his death. A year later his crimes were revealed by victims. He had been in hospital with pneumonia, and his death was not suspicious.


Savile was known to own several cars including Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz.

Savile smoked expensive Cuban cigars and was a heavy smoker.[4]

Since he died in 2011, 589 people have made complaints about Savile to the police. Police called Savile "Britain's worst paedophile".[5] In March 2013 Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary reported that 214 of the complaints that had been made against Savile after his death would have been criminal offences.[6]

It was also revealed that Savile also committed some child sex offences in his silver Rolls-Royce Corniche.

On 3 October 2012, a television programme called Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile was shown on ITV. In it several women said that Savile sexually abused them when they were teenagers. Exposure Update: The Jimmy Savile Investigation, was shown on ITV on 21 November 2012.

An investigation codenamed Operation Yewtree was launched and several arrests were made. People arrested included Gary Glitter, Rolf Harris, Dave Lee Travis, William Roache, Wilfred De'ath, Max Clifford, Stuart Hall, Jimmy Tarbuck and Paul Gambaccini.

Savile was the subject of an episode of Louis Theroux's When Louis Met! where Theroux asked him if he is a paedophile in 2001 and Savile laughed off the question and told him that those were just claims.

In June 2014, the UK government apologised to Savile's victims after it was revealed that Savile had also abused dead bodies while at Broadmoor Psychiatric Hospital and he was a regular visitor and stalker.[7]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Telegraph obituary
  2. Police to make arrests
  3. 3.0 3.1 BBC obituary

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