Legendary TV presenter and singing star dies aged 72
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, according to reports.
She is understood to have died at her holiday home in Spain overnight.
A Spanish police spokesman was reported to have told a national newspaper: “I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72.
“We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.”
Cilla, born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27 1943, started her career at the Liverpool's Cavern Club, at the same time the Beatles were soaring up the charts and performing at the local spot.
The Fab Four even helped the Alfie singer get onto the showbiz ladder.
She was introduced to producer Brian Epstein by John Lennon, who persuaded him to audition her and the legendary band supported her at her first audition and enjoyed eleven top ten hits including chart-toppers Anyone Who Had a Heart and You're My World.
Even the Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute, tweeting: "Cilla Black was a huge talent who made a significant contribution to public life in Britain. My thoughts are with her family."
And Beatles' Paul McCartney declared: ' "She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her."'
Highly regarded for as a pioneer for women in media, Cilla hosted more than 500 editions of her TV programmes and was the first woman to have her own prime-time chat show on BBC One.