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Report: Cilla Black might have lived if aid came sooner

By PA Reporters

The type of stroke Cilla Black suffered at her Spanish villa does not normally cause sudden death, the post-mortem examination has reportedly said.

The 72-year-old fell and hit her head at her home on the Costa del Sol at the weekend.

A post-mortem, reported to have been published by Spanish authorities, said a range of factors including the time taken to receive medical attention can affect chances of survival.

High temperatures also contributed to the death of the TV and singing star, the report said.

According to reports, it said: "A subarachnoid haemorrhage by its characteristics doesn't normally cause sudden death, but it can produce a loss of consciousness and depending on the context (time it takes to be medically assisted, position people are found in etc) can cause death in a more or less defined period of time.

"That can either be through lack of consciousness or obstruction of the airways by the tongue or the lack of medical attention during a certain time period."

It added: "The most probable diagnosis of the cause of death, at this moment in time is: head injury as a result of a fall. Contributing to death, but not in a decisive manner."

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