DJ Derek's inquest to be held after 73-year-old's remains found in woodland


The inquest of pensioner DJ Derek - known as Britain's oldest DJ - will take place today.

Derek Serpell-Morris worked with the likes of Massive Attack and appeared in Dizzee Rascal's hit music video Dirtee Disco in 2010.

The 73-year-old, who had lived in St Paul's in Bristol since 1978, was reported missing to police on July 23 last year.

A member of the public found his remains in a wooded area near the Cribbs Causeway shopping centre in Patchway, Bristol, on March 10.

Avon and Somerset Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

Mr Serpell-Morris played hundreds of sets at local bars and clubs over the years, including at the Glastonbury festival.

He was an accountant for Cadbury before becoming a DJ in his mid-30s and was known for playing a blend of 1960s rocksteady, reggae, ska, dancehall and soul music.

The pensioner, who did not own a mobile phone, had a hobby of visiting new Wetherspoon pubs.

Following his death the pub chain brewed a beer in his memory.

Derek, a 4.8% ABV tribute beer, had the catchline "Love the life you live, and live the life you love", which also featured on the order of service for his funeral.