Spanish police say Cilla Black may have died as a result of an accident

A post-mortem into singer and TV presenter's death has proved inconclusive

Spanish police have said that Cilla Black‘s death may have been caused in part by an accident or a fall.

Black’s death was confirmed yesterday, she was 72 and is believed to have died of natural causes. Her body was found at her home in Estepona, Spain and tributes have come in from friends Paul O’Grady, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

The Sun reported today 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 Black died before 7:30pm on Saturday (August 1) and that an accident may have contributed to the death.

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“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.