Dame Cilla Black, one of Britain’s pillars of entertainment and top television icon in the nineties has passed on. She died in a holiday resort in Spain where she had travelled only few days ago.
Cilla was the real entertainment icon of the early and late nineties. She was amiable, ever smiley, jovial and with an extraordinary oozing entertaining nature. She controlled the largest audience in the nineties when she was presenting two popular entertainment programmes, ‘BLIND DATE’, a programme that allied young men and ladies in astounding relationship trial and possible marriage. Many of her put together singles found true love and amazing fulfillment and well achieved in the blind date adventure. Her second show was Surprise-Surprise which run on the same tail as Blind Date.
A spokesperson from Spanish police on Sunday confirmed her death. She was aged 72.
Prior to her break even in television presentation, showbiz legend Cilla, had two number one singles and her entertainment spell stretched over 50 years.
According to a Spanish police spokeswoman speaking on Sunday, Cilla had died at her Spanish home in Estepona on the Costa del Sol.
She said: “I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72.”
Cilla was married for 30 years to her manager Bobby Willis who died in 1999 of lung cancer, aged just 57. Since Bobby’s death, Cilla’s life had never remained the same having been left in perpetual mourning since.
The Liverpool-born former singer and presenter of Blind Date was always a heart warming personality, ever wearing smiley looks .A police spokesperson said: ‘I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72.
A Foreign Office spokeswoman added this afternoon: ‘We are aware of reports of the death of a British national in Spain.’
Last December, Cilla revealed how she was battling with deafness and arthritis, claiming she was ‘falling apart’ speaking as she received an award to mark her long entertainment career.
She concede that she had lost appetite for work even as she was being honored with an award.
During an interview, she said she was often spending her time in the Caribbean where she had a home in Barbados. She later claimed that she was now on regular visit to the country on medical necessity.
The cause of her death was said to be natural as autopsy is being carried out: ‘We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.’
Earlier in 2014 she revealed earlier she had a cochlear implant inserted in her ear to try to stop her going deaf.
Police sources said they thought the death had occurred overnight and they believed Cilla, who suffered from hearing problems and arthritis, had jetted to Spain a few days ago with one of her three sons.
Cilla’s eldest son and manager Robert, who is understood to have been holidaying in Spain with his mother, was not at her property today. He is thought to be staying at another house nearby.
A friend said: ‘He is obviously very upset at what happened and does not want to talk publicly about it at the moment.’
A family friend said Cilla’s other two sons, Ben and Jack, were told the sad news on Saturday night and had already made arrangements to fly to Spain. An autopsy is due to take place tomorrow in the provincial capital Malaga.
The Liverpudlian star was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27 1943. She 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.”
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