Cilla Black found dead at her home in Spain

Cilla Black has been found dead
Cilla Black has been found dead

A SPANISH police spokesman confirmed today that Cilla Black had died at her Spanish home.

She said: “I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72.

“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 the entertainer’s house near Marbella this 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.

A Spaniard who identified himself as a police officer stood outside the front of the property talking on the phone before driving off in a Seat Alhambra car around midday local time.

The man, who refused at first to say who he was, said when asked if the owner of the property had suffered a health problem: “You must be a reporter and the only thing I’d say is that you need to go back to where you came from.

“I’m a national police officer and I’m not going to say what’s happened or hasn’t happened to the people at this property.”

Neighbours were not able to shed any light on what was happening.

The immediate neighbour said: “I don’t really know who lives next door. The wall between my house and theirs is very high, and I don’t know anything.”

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.

Cilla Black was born Priscilla Maria Veronica White on May 27 1943.

It is understood her son Robert, who is also her agent, was the son who was holidaying with her in Spain.

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