Belfast Telegraph

Tributes paid to TV legend Cilla

Lord Alan Sugar has defended the Cilla Black tributes on Twitter, after Katie Hopkins attacked the messages.

The TV legend, who had been a regular entertainment fixture for the past 50 years, passed away at her home in Marbella, Spain, on Sunday at the age of 72.

It's been reported that she died of natural causes, and the showbiz world is still reeling from her shock passing. An autopsy is due to be held later today.

"I just heard the news Cilla black has left us she was a good friend we will all miss her peace to Cilla peace and love to the family R&B xxx (sic)," tweeted Beatles legend Ringo Starr from him and wife Barbara Bach.

Cilla had been a good friend of the Beatles, first working as a cloakroom girl in infamous Liverpool music club The Cavern and later sharing the stage and a manager, Brian Epstein.

Sir Paul McCartney also shared some words of sorrow.

"Such a shock to hear about Cilla’s passing.

"She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit. From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around.

"She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her," he said in a statement.

The Beatles' music featured heavily in ITV's 2014 show Cilla, with Sheridan Smith portraying the iconic redhead's rise to fame.

"I'm absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news about Cilla. She was the most remarkable woman, a true legend.

"She was so kind and helpful to me, it was a privilege to play her. My condolences go out to her family and all who loved her. She will be truly missed. X (sic)," Sheridan tweeted.

Cilla's good friends Sir Cliff Richard and Paul O'Grady also paid tribute.

However not everyone shared the sentiment, with acid-tongued Katie Hopkins feeling baffled as to why people were rushing to social media to proclaim their sadness over Cilla's death.

"I understand people love Cilla. But the race to proclaim this on Twitter is a curious thing. (sic)," she posted.

"why don't you shut up idiot!

"Enough with the controversy BS you need to know where to draw the line . This was too far (sic)," fumed Lord Alan Sugar in response.

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