Edinburgh man with Organic Jim in final moments says 'he died doing what he loved'

Organic Jim - a homeless man with all his belongings
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A kind-hearted Edinburgh man who was with 'Organic Jim' in his final moments said the well-loved local character died doing something he loved.

The passerby, who wishes to remain anonymous, spoke of the dramatic moment he attempted to resuscitate the homeless man after he fell ill on Saturday.

Just minutes before he collapsed, he said 64-year-old Jim, who was well known in the city for his love of healthy food and chatty nature, was happily dancing in the sun near Grange Cemetery. He said he had been more upbeat than in recent times and truly enjoying himself.

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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, he said: "My partner and I bumped into him and he wanted us to listen to some music with him, he danced and sang for us and was so happy, then collapsed. I tried to resuscitate him and got the paramedics.

"It was a sad night, but he was undoubtedly happy in those last moments. He said to me about feeling amazing."

The local resident added: "It was a bit of a heavy experience, it wasn't at the Meadows, it was in the alleyway next to Grange Cemetery near Dick Place. "

His comments come as hundreds of online tributes flooded in for the well-known Edinburgh local after his passing on Grange Road on Saturday evening.

One local remembered him, writing: "Well he loved to dance. May he continue to dance where he is now."

Another said: "RIP Jim. Continue to dance like there's nobody watching. Love like you'll never be hurt. Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth"

"A true EH10 legend, rest in peace Jim," a third added.

"Very sad news," one local said.

He was usually referred to as 'Organic Jim' due to his love of health food, his habit of handing out herbal tea bags, and his penchant for discussing the dangers of eating refined sugar. It's believed Jim used to work as a cook, and lived in Edinburgh since the 1980s.

He was largely well-liked and usually found in the Morningside, Meadows and Tollcross areas. He has been known to accumulate large numbers of belongings, which he will gradually move from place to place. This led to some people describing him as a 'hoarder'.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 7.35pm on Saturday, 1 June, 2024, police were called to a report of a man found unresponsive in Grange Road, Edinburgh.

“Emergency services attended and a 64-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.“There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

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