Former singer and TV presenter Cilla Black has died at her Spanish home, local police have confirmed.
Much-loved star was 72-years-old and is believed to have passed away from natural causes, after being found at her home in Marbella.
Black, who began her singing career back in 1963, was born as Priscilla Maria Veronica White but had her stage name as Cilla Black. She became a household name as the host of TV hits such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
Spanish police told British press earlier today that “We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes”.
Tributes have been rolling in this afternoon, as the nation comes to terms with the loss of one of Britain’s beloved entertainers.
The tweets have been flooding in:
“I’ve just heard the incredibly sad news that the legendary Cilla has died. So sad. A truly wonderful lady and an entertainment icon.” – Philip Schofield
“So so sad to hear the news that we have lost one of my heroes, Cilla you were one incredible lady! Sending all my love to her family.” – Holly Willoughby
“RIP to singing sensation and TV Presenter Cilla Black. Gone too soon xxxx” – Dawn French
“So sad to learn of the passing of Cilla Black. A true national treasure who holds some of my favourite childhood memories #RIPCilla” – Cheryl Fernandez-Versini
“I am so sad and shocked by news about my good friend Cilla. She was a resplendent and rare talent. RIP #cillablack” – Joan Collins.
Born in Liverpool as Priscilla White, Black changed her name to launch a singing career with hits such as Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World.
In 2014, she was awarded honours from Bafta and the Royal Television Society in recognition of her lengthy career of over 50 years in showbiz.
Most recently, she said to a BBC reporter, “I’m going to enjoy myself; if it be in television then so be it, but I’ve had my time”.
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