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Jimmy Tarbuck to speak at Cilla Black's funeral

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Jimmy Tarbuck to speak at Cilla Black's funeral

Jimmy Tarbuck will mention Cilla Black's late husband and daughter at her funeral today (20.08.15).

The 75-year-old comedian - who had been friends with the showbiz legend for over 50 years before her tragic death earlier this month - will read Prayers of the Faithful which will reference Cilla's husband Bobby Willis and their baby girl Ellen.

Bobby died from lung cancer in 1999 while their daughter sadly passed away in 1975 after being born prematurely and suffering lung complications, living for only two hours.

According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Jimmy will say: "She may now be admitted to the company of the saints with Bobby, and their daughter Ellen."

Cilla died from a "traumatic head injury due to a fall" while staying at her holiday home in Marbella, Spain but will be buried in her hometown of Liverpool.

Speaking shortly after her death Jimmy said: "Liverpool has lost its Cinderella.

"She always said to me, 'I'm going to be a star you know?' We all believed it because of her energy, her personality."

Cilla's funeral - which has been organised by her and Bobby's sons Robert, Ben and Jack - is being held at St. Mary's Church in Woolton, where she married Bobby in 1969, at 1pm.