Several celebrities and personalities have paid tribute to popular TV presenter and singer Cilla Black who died at the age of 72 in Spain.
Police in Malaga confirmed today that a woman named Priscilla White – Cilla’s real name – had died her Spanish home in Estepona in the Costa del Sol region.
The iconic star, who enjoyed an impressive 50-year showbiz career had two number one singles at the start of her career and is best known for her shows Surprise, Surprise and Blind Date.
Her music career began at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club where she met her husband-to-be Bobby Willis and performed alongside such acts as The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
Cilla went on to release over a dozen albums and enjoyed eleven top ten hits including chart-toppers Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World.
Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to the showbiz icon, remembering her as “a huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life”.
“I am so sad and shocked by news about my good friend Cilla,” tweeted Dame Joan Collins. “She was a resplendent and rare talent.”
Fellow presenter Christopher Biggins described Black as a “national treasure” and “a wonderful friend”.
“We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.”
Cilla who often spent the summer in her holiday home in Spain also had homes in London, Buckinghamshire and Barbados and is believed to have jetted to Spain a few days ago with one of her three sons.