Cilla Black dies at the age of 72

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Cilla Black has died at her Spanish home, local police have confirmed.

The much-loved TV star and singer is believed to have died of natural causes after being found at her home in Marbella.

“I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72,” police said.

Cilla Black, the presenter’s stage name, was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27, 1943.

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.”

The Liverpoon-born star enjoyed her first taste of fame at the city’s Cavern Club, where she performed alongside acts including The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

She went on to release 14 albums but later established herself as a television personality, presenting hit shows including Surprise Surprise and Blind Date.

In 1968, she became the first woman to have her own prime-time chat show on BBC One.

In more recent years, despite suffering from arthritis and deafness, she remained in the public eye. Her rise to stardom was recently told in award-winning three-part drama, Cilla, starring Sheridan Smith.

Most of the shutters were down at the entertainer’s house near Marbella on Sunday morning and there was no answer on the door.