Cilla dies at home in Spain, aged 72

SINGER and TV presenter Cilla Black has died at her home in Spain, aged 72. Spanish police reported that the hugely popular star passed away on Sunday (August 2) at her home in Estepona on the Costa del Sol.
Her career spanned more than 50 years, from huge hits in the 60s with Anyone Who Had a Heart, and Alfie, to a staple of Saturday night prime time TV in the 80s and 90s, presenting Surprise, Surprise and Blind Date.
Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White, she changed her name to Cilla Black, but became a beloved household name simply as Cilla.
She was discovered when working as cloakroom attendant at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, and her distinctive singing voice won the support of The Beatles, who championed her career in the early days.
Although retired in recent years, she was still regularly heard from in the media, often accompanied on nights out by good friend and fellow scouser Paul O’Grady.
In 2014, BAFTA honoured her with an outstanding contribution to television award.
It’s believed she had travelled to her Costa holiday home a few days ago accompanied by one of her three sons.
A spokesperson for Spanish police said: “We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.”

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