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Tributes flood in for Cilla Black
02 Aug 2015 16:04
Friends and colleagues of legendary TV star, Cilla Black, who died today at her Spanish home, have paid tribute to 'Liverpool's Cinderella'.
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The entertainment world was rocked today by the news that 72-year-old TV star and singer, Cilla Black, died at her home in Marbella earlier today.
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“I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72,” police said.
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A Spanish police officer added: “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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Cilla Black, the presenter's stage name, was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27, 1943. She was married for 30 years to her manager Bobby Willis until he died in 1999 of lung cancer, aged just 57. She leaves behind three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack, as well as two grandchildren.
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Close friend Paul O'Grady described the Blind Date presenter as one of his sisters. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo newspaper he said: "Please tell me this isn't true? We've been friends for nearly 20 years. She's like my sister.
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"Apart from her hearing she was all right. We had a week together in Barbados at the beginning of the year and I saw her on my birthday.
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"I thought she was well. I can't believe it to tell you the truth."
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Black's Surprise! Surprise! co-star Christopher Biggins also gave an emotional tribute to his friend, describing her as a "national treasure".
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"It's devastating news, really devastating," he said.
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"She was a wonderful friend. She was someone who was a life force, she loved to laugh and loved to enjoy herself.
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"I remember when I was asked if I would like to do a TV series starring alongside her called Surprise! Surprise! and I couldn't believe it, I was in shock. And I am in shock now that she has died.
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"She will always be with me. She was a national treasure.
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He added that he last spoke with Black around two weeks ago before her trip to Spain and the pair had arranged to meet up in September.
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"I know one of her sons was with her in Spain and that's marvellous. She loved her boys, they were her life."
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Singer Sir Cliff Richard said he will miss his "outrageous" friend dearly.
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"Some people will always be with us and Cilla is one of those people," he said.
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"I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart.
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"She was a very special person, and I have lost a very wonderful friend, I will miss her dearly. God bless her."
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