The iconic showbiz star, whose impressive career spanned over 50 years and enjoyed musical hits as well as shows Blind Date and Surprise Surprise, has passed away
Surprise Surprise and Blind Date star Cilla Black has died aged 72, it was reported today.
Cilla, who also had two number one singles at the start of a showbiz career stretching over 50 years, died in Spain.
The sad news was confirmed by her good friend Paul O’Grady.
A police officer was seen out her home in Estepona, Costa del Sol.
Most of the shutters were down at Cilla Black’s house near Marbella this morning.
A police officer was stood outside the front of the property before driving off in a Seat Alhambra car around midday local time.
Cilla, who often flew to Spain in the summer months, also had homes in London, Buckinghamsire and Barbados.
The Liverpool-born star was championed by The Beatles and enjoyed eleven top ten hits including chart-toppers Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World.
Last year she spoke to the Mirror about growing older, saying: “Seventy-five is a good age to go.
“If things are starting to drop off – like the hearing – and I’ve got twinges in the morning, I do think that.”
Cilla was married for 30 years to her manager Bobby Willis until he died in 1999 of lung cancer, aged just 57, leaving her bereft.
She leaves three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack, as well as two grandchildren.
The iconic British star, who was famous for her music career as well as her Surprise Surprise show, passed away this weekend although details remain unknown at this time.
Highly regarded for as a pioneer for women in media, Black went on to host more than 500 editions of her programmes and was the first woman to have her own prime-time chat show on BBC One.