A coroner has confirmed that Cilla Black died of a stroke after falling in her Spanish home.
The singer and TV presenter was sunbathing on the balcony at her villa in Estepona, Spain when she fell and hit her head. She was knocked unconscious by the fall and subsequently died of a stroke, BBC News reports.
It was previously reported that a fall may have contributed to Black’s death with natural causes originally cited as the reason behind her passing. Black’s family have now been given permission to return her body to the UK for her funeral.
Meanwhile, Black’s cover of ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ is on course to return to the Official UK Single Chart as fans rush to listen to her music. The song is currently at Number 91 in the midweek UK Singles Chart, with the Official Charts Company expecting it to rise in the coming days.
Prior to hosting hit TV dating show Blind Date, Liverpool-born Black made her name as a singer in the 1960s after being championed by The Beatles. She went on to achieve 11 Top 10 hits, including 1964 Number One singles ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ and ‘You’re My World’.
Black first released ‘Anyone Who Had A Heart’ in 1964, where it spent three weeks at Number One and went on to become the biggest-selling single by a female of the 1960s.