TV presenter and singer Cilla Black, dead at 72

Entertainer first made her name in 1960s as a contemporary of The Beatles

Singer and TV presenter Cilla Black has died at the age of 72, it has been confirmed.

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. The Telegraph reports that an autopsy is being carried out but it is believed she died of natural causes.

The property in Spain was where Black regularly spent much of the summer. She also had homes in London, Buckinghamshire and Barbados. It is believed she flew to the property three days ago with one of her three sons.

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. Ring Starr of the latter band 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.