12:37 03 August 2015
Cilla Black, the singer and TV star who enjoyed a 50-year showbusiness career, has died in Spain, as confirmed by her agent. She was 72.
Spanish police confirmed that a woman named Priscilla White, Black’s real name, had died in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, where the star had a home.
"It is with deep sorrow that I confirm... the passing of singer and TV personality Cilla Black," said her agent, Nick Fiveash.
"Details of her death will be announced following the coroner's report. Her family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time."
The death appeared to be due to natural causes but police can’t confirm until the results of the tests are released.
Following the news, celebrities took to Twitter to pay tribute.
"I am so sad and shocked by news about my good friend Cilla," tweeted Dame Joan Collins. "She was a resplendent and rare talent."
"Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing," said Sir Paul McCartney. "She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit.
"From first meeting her as a cloak room girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun-loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around."
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