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Tributes to DJ after hotel death; Dad-of-two was due to marry fiancee this year.

Byline: GEORGE COLLINS

TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular DJ and devoted father-of-two who died at a Newcastle hotel.

Friends of Jimmy Johnson, 30, who passed away suddenly at Hotel Indigo on Fenkle Street after falling ill have described him as 'true gent' who will be missed by everyone who knew him.

The music lover and wellknown club DJ, who lived at Wrekenton, Gateshead, played throughout the North East was due to marry his fiancee Emma later this year.

His funeral was held on Friday at Washington, where he grew up, and his friends took to social networking sites to pay their respects. Friend and fellow DJ Allie Williams wrote: "It was a pleasure to DJ with you here mate, I'll never forget the look of joy on your face when you warmed up for your hero. Keep tight ahad (sic) sunshine."

On Twitter Geordie Fairbairn under account @MrMLF10 tweeted: "It was an honour to call you my friend. #RIP#Legend #lifeandsoul."

" Another member @100handsgaz wrote: "Can't believe what I''ve just heard. Really cracking lad. Definitely miss his big smile. RIP matey."

Sarah Bell tweeted: "RIP jimmy Johnson , true gent, top lad! You will be missed by everyone! Xxxx."

Paramedics were called to the hotel at 5.46am on January 30 and took him to the Royal Victoria Infirmary where he later died.

During his career, Jimmy had warmed up for renowned Manchester DJ Greg Wilson and such was his popularity on the Newcastle scene staff at nightclub Tokyo on Westgate Road dedicated a night to his memory.

His family have described him as an "inspirational brother", a "cherished fiance", "devoted daddy" and "loving son".

He is survived by his fiance Emma, daughters Ayda and Esmae, mother Judi, sister Jenna and dad Jim.

Hundreds of mourners attended his funeral at Washington Parish, The Church on the Hill and took along photos with memories written on the back. A cremation followed at Saltwell Crematorium and celebration of his life held at The Stella on Brandy Lane.

His family's public tribute to him said: "Heaven has a new DJ."

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