Jimmy Savile to be buried with trademark tracksuit, cigar, jewellery

Jimmy Savile is to be buried with one of his iconic cigars.

Jimmy Savile is to be buried with one of his iconic cigars.

The TV presenter and charity campaigner – who died on Saturday aged 84 after suffering from pneumonia - will be buried with a number of his trademark items, including his most-treasured tracksuit and chunky jewellery, in accordance with his dying wishes.

Theatre producer David King – a close friend of Jimmy – told the Daily Star newspaper: "Jimmy was such an optimistic man and didn't like to talk about death.

"But what he did say was that at his funeral he wanted to be dressed in his best tracksuit, which was blue.

"He also wanted all his usual garb buried with him, his sunglasses, big chunky jewellery and of course a fat cigar."

David, 55, was upset to hear how his friend of 35 years had died alone at his flat in Leeds, and even though he knew he was "on the way out," he didn't want to take up bed space in hospital.

Jimmy - who would have been 85 yesterday - had held a variety of jobs including working as a miner, a wrestler and a nightclub owner, as well as claiming to have invented modern DJing and raising over £40m for charity.

He was also a close friend of Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles.

Paying tribute to the star, radio presenter Paul Burnett told how Jimmy would often work as a porter in the Stoke Mandeville hospital, which he raised so much money for.

She said: "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."

His body will be taken to a city centre hotel in his home town of Leeds on Tuesday so well-wishers can say goodbye to him ahead of a Requiem Mass in the city the day after – Wednesday November 9.

The broadcasting icon will be buried the following day in the North Yorkshire seaside resort of Scarborough, which he loved and where he also had a flat.

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