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British TV personality Cilla Black dies aged 72

Sunday, August 02, 2015 - 01:17

British television personality and singer Cilla Black died in Spain aged 72, Spanish police said on Sunday. Edward Baran reports.

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British TV personality and singer Cilla Black has died in Spain, Spanish police said Sunday. Police in Malaga said Priscilla White, her real name, had died in Estapona in the Costa del Sol. The death was discovered overnight and appeared to be due to natural causes, but this had not yet been confirmed by tests. Black, born in the northern English city of Liverpool, once worked as a cloakroom assistant in the city's Cavern Club before embarking on her own career as a singer with such hits as Anyone Who had a Heart. She married her manager Bobby Willis in 1969 - a union that lasted more than 30 years until his death from lung cancer. Known affectionately as 'Cilla' to generations of Britons, Black later moved into television hosting a string of prime-time shows - a transition she explained in an interview last year SOUNDBITE, BRITISH PRESENTER AND ENTERTAINER, CILLA BLACK, SAYING: "I think the great thing was Brian Epstein, just before he died, he said to me, you know, your pop career, you can't be a pop singer forever and your forte is in television and I didn't see it, but he did. And that was the last thing he did for me was sign, in black and white, I was in monochrome, for the BBC." Cilla Black was 72.

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British TV personality Cilla Black dies aged 72

Sunday, August 02, 2015 - 01:17