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O'Grady: Cilla will outlive us all

Paul O'Grady has insisted Cilla Black is "indestructable" and will outlive us all.

The singer and TV presenter recently told the Daily Mirror she doesn't want to live past 75 - despite that being only four years away.

Now her old friend Paul - who is only 59 but has had ongoing problems with his heart - revealed he gave Cilla a ticking off for being defeatist.

Paul told the Mirror: "I read that and rang her up. I said: 'What's all this?'

"Don't take any notice of her. B****r off. Don't listen to a word she says. She'll see us all out, that one.

"I keep telling her there will be rats, cockroaches and you left after the bomb goes off.

"She's a strong lady, Cilla. Mentally, very strong. You've got to be to have that career."

Cilla had previously said: "Seventy-five is a good age to go, I still think that way. If things are starting to drop off - like the hearing - and I've got twinges in the morning, I do think that... I think it is a bit selfish.

"But secretly 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."

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