Black reported to have died of natural causes at her home in Spain
Black, real name Priscilla White, 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.
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.”
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.”
See both messages below.
The Liverpool-born singer made her name in the 1960s after being championed by The Beatles. She had eleven top ten hits including 1964 Number One singles ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ and ‘You’re My World’.
Later in life she would go on to become a much loved TV presenter, helming hit series such as Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
Her music career began while working at Liverpool’s famous Cavern Club. While employed there she performed alongside acts including Gerry and The Pacemakers and The Beatles. Ringo Starr introduced her to Brian Epstein, who soon became her manager.
Black also met her husband Bobby Willis in Liverpool. The pair married in 1969 and remained married until he died of cancer in 1999.