TV and DJ presenter Jimmy Savile dies at the age of 84

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British veteran TV and DJ presenter Jimmy Savile died in his home on Saturday at the age of 84, the BBC News reported.

According to the BBC News, Savile is best known for his TV and DJ work in the 1960s, '70s and '80s, but is also well known for the charity work he did; running 200 marathons and raising over $50 million for various charitable organizations.

The Guardian reports that Savile was the fixer of childhood dreams in his 1970s TV show where thousands of children wrote to him hoping he would grant their wishes.

Savile had a larger-than-life personality and was widely recognized by his trademark tracksuits, tinted glasses, cigars, and catchphrases like, "Howzabout that then" and "Now then, now then...", the Guardian reported.

Savile, a native of Leeds and the youngest of seven children, started out as a dance hall DJ in the 1950s before establishing himself as a broadcaster on Radio Luxembourg, the BBC News reported.

According to the BBC News, Savile acted as an unofficial advisor to the Prince of Wales for a number of years and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1990 for his charitable services.

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