The 'Blind Date' presenter died over the weekend in Spain
TV presenter and singer Cilla Black looks set to re-enter the UK charts following her death over the weekend.
News of Black’s death was first reported on Sunday (August 2). She was 72 and found at her villa in Estepona, near Marbella, in Spain.
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’.
That single, a cover of the Burt Bacharach and Hal David-penned original, is currently Number 91 in the midweek UK Singles Chart, with the Official Charts Company expecting the song to rise in the coming days.
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 female single of the 1960s.
The airing of the 2014 ITV drama Cilla, based on the singer’s life and starring Sheridan Smith as Black, also resulted in ‘Anyone Who Had a Heart’ returning to the charts last September, reaching Number 47.
Meanwhile, Spanish police have said that Black’s death may have been caused in part by an accident or a fall.
Reports suggest that police were investigating whether a fall suffered after a dizzy spell brought on by a sudden rise in the heat was responsible for Black’s death. The judicial spokeswoman from the high court of justice in Andalucía would not confirm this but has told The Guardian that an accident may have contributed.
“From the facts that the police brought to the judge, there is no indication that would suggest any kind of violence precipitated her death,” the spokeswoman said.
She added: “There were no objects that had been disturbed in her home, there were no signs of violence on her body. This needs to be confirmed by the postmortem, but the evidence gathered by the police suggests that she died of natural causes, but that her death might have been provoked by an accident.
“At this stage, we can’t know if she banged into something and this provoked her death – these are just theories at this point. But with what we know up until now, we can say that there is no suggestion she suffered any kind of violence.”
An autopsy on the late Blind Date host failed to determine her cause of death. Further tests on organ and tissue samples taken have been ordered and will be carried out at by specialists in Seville.