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Police investigate whether Cilla Black's death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell

Published 03/08/2015

Cilla Black posing for the media with her OBE she received form the Queen during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London in 1997. John Stillwell/PA Wire.
Cilla Black posing for the media with her OBE she received form the Queen during an Investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London in 1997. John Stillwell/PA Wire.
Bands 'Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas' and 'Gerry and the Pacemakers', holding up the singer Cilla Black, March 23, 1964. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)
From left to right: George Alexander; Pete Swettenham, Geoffrey Swettenham and John Perry, the four members of the "Grapefruit" pop group are seen seated at a table at the launch of their record "Dear Delilah, in the Mayfair Suite at Hanover Grand Hotel in London in 1968, with with Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, folk singer Donovan; Beatles' Ringo Starr and John Lennon; Cilla Black and Paul McCartney in the background. (AP Photo/Robert Dear, File)
British pop singer Cilla Balck smiles with her fiance Bobby Willis, in Mayfair, London in 1969. (AP Photo, File)
Cilla Black, in 1963, who has died at her home in the south of Spain, according to reports. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. PA Wire.
Prince Harry meets Cilla Black before playing in the inaugural Setebale Polo Cup at the Apes Hill polo club on January 31, 2010 in Apes Hill, Barbados. (Photo by Arthur Edwards/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Some of the pop stars who attended the New Musical Express 1964-1965 Annual Pollwinners All star concert at the Wembley Empire Pool, London. Among them are Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, The Bachelors, the Rolling Stones, the Searchers, the Animals, Tom Jones, Marianne Faithfull, the Seekers, Donovan, Wayne Fontana, Twinkle, Herman's Hermits, Jimmy Saville, The Echoes, Kathy McGowan, the Mike Leander Show Band, and the Ivy League. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
Cilla Black attends the Christmas Celebration at Hampton Court Palace hosted by Sir Cliff Richard (R), the annual fundraising dinner in aid of the Cliff Richard Tennis Foundation which introduces children to the sport, held on December 8, 2005 in Surrey, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Cilla Black (Priscilla White) rehearses a song with Paul McCartney in a recording studio. (Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images)
Cilla Black (left) and comedienne Faith Brown are entertained by comedian Mike Yarwood at the unveiling of a plaque in honour of Bill Cotton in London. Neil Munns/PA Wire.
Cilla Black with her Top ITV Personality Award presented at the 1997 British Comedy Awards. Rebecca Naden/PA Wire.
Cilla Black and manager Bobby Willis after their wedding at St Marylebone Register Office in London in 1969. PA Wire.
Cilla Black and her manager and husband Bobby Willis and 10 day old baby on Robert John Willis as they leave the avenue clinic in St Johns Wood, London in 1970. PA Wire.
Shirley Bassey and Cilla Black arrive for the world premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera at Odeon Leicester Square, central London in 2004. Andy Butterton/PA Wire.
Cilla Black, pictured in 1964, who has died at her home in the south of Spain, according to reports. PA Wire.
Cilla Black with her 10 day old baby son Robert John Willis as they leave Avenue Clinic in St John's Wood, London in 1970. PA Wire.
Michael Parkinson and Cilla Black arrive for the Bob Monkhouse BAFTA Tribute at BBC Television Centre in west London in 2004. Yui Mok/PA Wire.
Cilla Black and Cliff Richard at BBC Television office in Shepherd's Bush, London, as they helped to count votes for Britain's song for Europe in 1968. PA Wire.
Cilla Black with Cherie Booth, Chancellor of John Moore's University in Liverpool in 2000, after she attended the presention of Cilla's honorary fellowship at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Phil Noble/PA Wire.
Cilla Black, son Robert Willis and his new wife Fiona after their wedding at St Mary The Virgin Church in Denham, Buckinghamshire in 2001. Matthew Fearn/PA Wire.
Paul O'Grady and Cilla Black arrive for Attitude Magazine's 10th Birthday Party at the Atlantic Bar & Grill in central London in 2004, to celebrate 10 years for the gay style magazine. Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire.
Tommy Cooper and Frankie Vaughn helping Cilla Black to celebrate her birthday in 1964. PA Wire.
Cilla Black at London Airport where she was leaving for New York to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1965. PA Wire.
Cilla Black after she received a special award for outstanding contribution to broadcasting, at the Television and Radio Industries Club (Tric) Awards in London in 2000. Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.
Cilla Black arriving at the O2 Silver Clef Awards 2010, held at the London Hilton Hotel.
Cilla Black arriving at ITV's 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Guildhall, central London in 2005. Ian West/PA Wire.
Cilla Black and John Madejski arriving at YOTA's sponsored launch of Mikhailovsky's Swan Lake, at the English National Opera, St Martin's Lane, London in 2010.
Cilla Black, voted the Top British Singer (female); Cliff Richard, voted Mr. Valentine and Best Dressed Star (male) - he was also runner up to Tom Jones in the Top British Singer (male section); and Lulu, voted Top Female Singer (World), Miss Valentine and the Best Dressed Star (female), during the Disc and Music Echo Fourth Annual Readers' Poll Awards - Cafe Royal, London in 1970.
Lionel Blair and Cilla Black arriving for the Help the Aged Living Legend Awards, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire in 2006. Hugo Philpott/PA Wire.
Cilla Black and Bruce Forsyth record a sketch for a Christmas show at ABC-TV's studios in Teddington in 1965.
Cilla Black during the 2008 Fashion for Relief show during London Fashion Week at the BFC Tent, Natural History Museum, London.
Cilla Black leaves the St. Mary the Virgin Church in Denham, Buckinghamshire, with her son Ben (second right) following the funeral of her husband Bobby Willis in 1999 after a battle with liver and lung cancer, aged 57. Cilla Black has died at her home in the south of Spain, according to reports. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 2, 2015. See PA story DEATH Black. Photo credit should read: Toby Melville/PA Wire
Brian Epstein (behind) with artists, Cilla Black, Tommy Quickly (right and Billy J Kramer appearing in his show at the Palace Theatre, Manchester in 1964. PA Wire.
Cilla Black and Jimmy Tarbuck during the inaugural International Scouse Day in 2000 at the Sugar Reef Restaurant in London. Toby Melville/PA Wire.
Cilla Black and her husband Bobby attending the Royal Television society awards ceremony at The Grosvener in London in 1997. Cilla Black has died at her home in the south of Spain, according to reports. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 2, 2015. See PA story DEATH Black. Photo credit should read: Neil Munns/PA Wire
Rehearsals at Alpha studios, Birmingham, for ABC's 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' programme with Brian Matthew, Cilla Black (centre), The Beatles (back), Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers in 1963. PA Wire.
Cilla Black, Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw at the Dorchester Holel, London for the Variety Club of great Britain in Tribute To the Record Industry in 1965. PA Wire.
Elizabeth Hurley (right) with Cilla Black during the The Sportingbet Winter Festival, Hennessy Gold Cup Day at Newbury Racecourse in 2012. Phil Cole/PA Wire.
Prince of Wales talking to actress Wendy Richard (left) andCilla Black (centre), while attending a reception to mark the 50th Anniversary of BBC Radio 4's "The Archers" at St, James Palace, in London in 2001. Cilla Black has died at her home in the south of Spain, according to reports. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 2, 2015. See PA story DEATH Black. Photo credit should read: Michael Stephens/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II meeting TV presenter Cilla Black (left) in 2005. Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire.
Prince Harry meets Cilla Black before he plays in the inaugural Setebale Polo Cup at the Apes Hill polo club in Barbados in 2010. Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire.
Gerry and the Pacemakers are welcomed back by Cilla Black and Billy J Kramer (both on right) when they arrived in London from their American tour in 1964. PA Wire.
Cilla Black shares a joke with the Duke of York (left) and banker David Barchetti at Knowsley Hall on Merseyside at the start of the NSPCC winter ball in 2002. Phil Noble/PA Wire.
Cilla Black, host of TV show Blind Date, during a photocall at the New Connaught Rooms, London in 2002, where auditions were held to find hopefuls for the new series, which will be shown on ITV. Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire.
Cilla Black and her son Robert Willis arrive at the FCO building in central London in 2014 for a reception for Britain's creative industries. Philip Toscano/PA Wire.
Cilla Black with the Special Award, at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards 2014 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. Ian West/PA Wire.
Pop singer Cilla black carries her son, Robert John Willis from the aircraft at Heathrow Airport after flying back from Nice in 1971. PA Wire.
(Left to right) Joe Loss, Lionel Blair, Cilla Black, and Billy J Kramer demonstrate a new dance routine to accompany Joe Loss's new track Let's Kick in 1964. PA Wire.
Comic duo Dudley Moore (right) and Peter Cook are joined in a sketch by singer Cilla Black in 1966. PA Wire.
(Left to right) Cilla Black, Harry Secombe and Dame Vera Lynn at the Variety Club of Great Britain luncheon thanking the British Record industry for its contribution to the club's work for children's charities in 1971. PA Wire.
Cilla Black during the launch of her dating show 'Blind Date', on the balcony of the Dorchester Hotel in London in 2001. Yui Mok/PA Wire.
Cilla Black, Sir Cliff Richard and Colin Firth in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the 2014 All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. John Walton/PA Wire.
Cilla Black and Christopher Biggins arriving at Claridges Hotel in London for the wedding of actress Joan Collins to Percy Gibson in 2002. Andy Butterton/PA Wire.

Spanish police are investigating whether Cilla Black's death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell, caused by a sudden temperature change in the room.

Black may have walked from an air-conditioned room in to midday heat, with the change in temperature causing her to become dizzy, the Sun newspaper reported.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out today, to determine the cause of death, but police in Spain have said "everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes".

Her sudden death at her home in the south of Spain has left friends, family and the British public in shock.

Tributes have been pouring in for Black, 72, led by close friends such as Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Paul McCartney and Christopher Biggins.

She rose to fame in the 1960s as an associate of The Beatles and their manager Brian Epstein.

Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool, she became the first woman to have her own prime-time chat show on BBC1.

Her star continued to shine brightly, and she had two number ones in 1964 - Anyone Who Had A Heart and You're My World.

In a touching tribute to her, Sir Cliff Richard said he was due to visit her at her house in Spain next week.

"Her passing away is a particular shock because despite the aches and pains we all suffer, she was always so upbeat," he wrote in the Sun.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to her from Los Angeles, saying: "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."

And former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr said: "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."

EastEnders star and her good friend, Barbara Windsor, described her death as "awful".

She told the BBC: "I was only with her a couple of weeks ago. I've seen her twice in the last few weeks, a nd as always she looked immaculate. That was the thing about Cilla, she always looked spot-on. But I knew she wasn't very well, she didn't seem well."

Windsor added: "I liked her, we got on well. She was nothing like me in personality at all, but she was a good, good all-round performer."

Source Irish Independent

Further reading:

Tributes paid to TV legend Cilla  

Farewell Cilla Black, there's a lorra lorra people who are going to miss you

Cilla Black: 'It's OK to pass away in your seventies'  

The night Cilla Black changed her tune just for me  

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