Cilla Black: 'It's OK to pass away in your seventies'
Cilla Black had spoken of how she would die happy if she were to pass away before any illness could rob her of being able to enjoy life.
As the much-loved entertainer approached her 71st birthday last year, she said that 75 might be an ok age to die.
She said: "Seventy-five is a good age to go, I still think that way. I don't want to linger. I don't want to be a burden on anybody. I know 75 is only four years away but I take each day as I find it."
Black, a singing star in the 1960s who turned into a TV legend with shows such as Blind Date and Surprise, Surprise, said: "The hearing is the bugbear. I now have an implant in my ear which I have to turn off at night. I'm talking in an echo chamber at the moment. I guess that's just getting old - it'll come to you, too..."
She later told Radio Times she had made the remark after watching her mother go downhill in her old age.
Black said: "I meant that I didn't want to be like that, but I ain't going nowhere. I just thank God when I wake up every day. I'm going to grow old disgracefully."
Black revealed she had turned down an offer to become a talent show judge. She said: "Today I'd be first in the queue for The X Factor and there's no doubt whatsoever that I'd win.
"I've been asked to be a judge but I couldn't because I wouldn't be able to tell the truth. The meanest I'd get is saying, 'It hasn't worked out this time, but go back and do your homework'."
Black added that she would have liked to be made a Dame but she had not notched up enough serious acting roles.
"You don't become a Dame for doing what you enjoy, as I have, but if they want to give me one I wouldn't turn it down," she said.