Belfast Telegraph

Cilla Black dies

TV star Cilla Black has passed away while on holiday in Spain.

The TV star passed away while at her holiday home in Estepona, Spain, it has been confirmed. She was 72 and at the moment her cause of death is unknown.

“I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72,” a police spokesperson said.

“We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.”

It is understood that Cilla flew to Spain with one of her children three days ago. Although details are scarce, it’s thought she passed away overnight.

Cilla began her career as a singer, with hits including Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World.

As time progressed she moved into television, famously hosting shows including Surprise Surprise and Blind Date.

She was married to Bobby Willis for over 30 years and until he died from lung cancer in 1999. The couple share three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack.

Her life was documented for a TV show called Cilla last year, with Sheridan Smith starring.

“It’s a strange experience seeing other people recreating your life… I was a bit worried when I heard that Sheridan was playing me because I’d only ever seen her as Mrs Biggs,” Cilla said of the programme.

“I needn’t have worried because Sheridan is absolutely terrific.”

Tributes have already started pouring in for the late star, with Joan Collins among those to express her upset.

“I am so sad and shocked by news about my good friend Cilla. She was a resplendent and rare talent. RIP,” she wrote on Twitter.

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