'Legendary' broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young dies at the age of 95

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Veteran broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young has died at the age of 95.

The long-serving DJ, who spent almost three decades at BBC Radio 2, died "peacefully at home" with his wife Alicia by his side on Monday afternoon, a family spokesman said.

Sir Jimmy was one of the original Radio 1 DJs at the station's inception in 1967. He moved to Radio 2 in 1973 and filled the early afternoon slot until he retired in December 2002.

Jimmy Young outside broadcasting house (Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)
(Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA)

The spokesman said: "Legendary broadcaster Sir Jimmy Young died peacefully at home this afternoon. Jim's wife Alicia was with him."

Sir Jimmy, who had a successful music career before becoming established as a broadcaster, interviewed each prime minister of the day during his time at the station, as well as many other leading world figures.

Baroness Thatcher was a guest on his show 14 times. The Queen is believed to have been among fans of the "housewives' choice" during his time on air.

jimmy young with his OBE (PA)
(PA)

Sir Jimmy was off air for several months after surgery before his Radio 2 tenure ended but returned for his final fortnight. The show is now presented by Jeremy Vine, who said he was "sad" to learn his predecessor had died.

Other big names from the world of media have been tweeting their thoughts and condolences.