Morrissey pays tribute to Cilla Black and Lynn Anderson following recent deaths – watch

Smiths frontman recently covered Anderson's 'Rose Garden' at a show in Nashville

Morrissey has paid tribute to both British TV presenter and singer Cilla Black and country musician Lynn Anderson, both of whom recently passed away.

Black, real name Priscilla White, died over the weekend at the age of 72. She was found at her villa in Estepona, near Marbella, in Spain. Spanish police have confirmed the identity of the woman to be Black and that an autopsy is being carried out. It is believed she died of natural causes.

Anderson, meanwhile, died on Thursday (July 30) of a reported heart attack. She was aged 67. At a recent live show in Nashville, Morrissey covered Lynn Anderson’s ‘Rose Garden’. Watch that performance below.

Morrissey has also paid tribute to Black via fansite True To You. The former Smiths frontman wrote: “Never stationary throughout the 1960s, Cilla Black made some great records – The Right One Is Left, Suffer Now I Must, It’s For You, I’ve Been Wrong Before, What Good Am I? I’m very grateful for the songs, and it never occurred to me that such people could die.”

The Smiths previously covered Black’s ‘Work Is A Four Letter Word’. Listen to their rendition beneath.

Beatles stars Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have also paid tribute to Black.

On hearing the news, McCartney described it as “such a shock” on Twitter. He added: “She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit.”

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He added: “From first meeting her as a cloakroom 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. She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her.”

Starr wrote: “I just heard the news Cilla black has left us she was a good friend we will all miss her peace to Cilla peace and love to the family.”