Legendary TV presenter and singer Cilla Black has been confirmed dead by the Spanish police in a statement...
“I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72,” Spanish police said.
A Spanish police officer added: “We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.”
Most of the shutters were down at Cilla's house near Marbella on Sunday morning and there was no answer on the door. However, a light outside the property was on, a grey Seat Ibiza car was parked outside and the back patio doors appeared to be open.
Police sources said they thought the death had occurred overnight and they believed Cilla, who suffered from hearing problems and arthritis, had jetted to Spain a few days ago with one of her three sons.
The Liverpoon-born star enjoyed her first taste of fame at the city's Cavern Club, where she performed alongside acts including The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
She went on to release 14 albums but later established herself as a TV personality, presenting hit shows including Surprise Surprise and Blind Date.
In 1968, she became the first woman to have her own prime-time chat show on BBC One.