Television presenter and singer Cilla Black has died at her home in Spain, aged 72.
A Spanish police spokesperson said: "I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72," The Telegraph reported. The cause of death is still unconfirmed, but police added: "We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes."
Cilla Black was born Priscilla White in Liverpool in 1943.
Cilla changed her surname from "White" during her career as a singer in the 1960s when Liverpool paper Merseybeat mistakenly called her "Cilla Black" and it stuck as a stage name.
Black began her career in the early 1960s as a cloakroom assistant at The Cavern Club, where she became part of a Liverpool music scene that included The Beatles and was encouraged to perform herself.
In 1963, Black became the only woman contracted to Brian Epstein, The Beatles' manager, and subsequently signed to Parlophone.
Her 1963 debut single was the Lennon-and-McCartney-penned song "Love of the Loved".
Her song "Anyone Who Had a Heart" was No. 1 for three weeks in 1964.
The song was originally written by Burt Bacharach for Dionne Warwick in 1963.
Black enjoyed a successful pop career throughout the '60s and '70s, and her version of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" reaching No. 2 in 1965.
In 1969, Black married her manager, Bobby Willis, with whom she remained until his death from cancer in 1999.
Black and Willis had three sons, Robert, Ben, and Jack, and a daughter, Ellen, who died only two hours after she was born in 1975.
Black and Willis's relationship was the subject of the 2014 biopic Cilla, with actor Sheridan Smith playing Black.
Black began a long television career in the late '60s as the host of her own BBC variety show, Cilla, from 1968 to 1976.
Black's greatest prominence came as host of the much-loved ITV dating show Blind Date from 1985–2003.
The show was a mainstay of Saturday night television and saw Black matchmake for hundreds of couples over its 18-year run.
Her catchphrase "What's your name and where do you come from?" became familiar to many.
Couples on Blind Date rarely ended up getting together, but Black would joke that she was saving her "hat" for when they did.
Couple Alex and Sue Tatham did get married after they met on the show in 1988 and remain together today.
Black also presented Surprise Surprise from 1984 to 2001, in which she would often reunite estranged family members.
After those shows ended, Black remained a mainstay of British entertainment until her death, with regular presenting and charity appearances.
On news of Black's death, fellow Merseyside TV personality Paul O'Grady led tributes, telling the Liverpool Echo: "We’ve been friends for nearly 20 years. She’s like my sister."
Cliff Richard said: "She was a very special person, and I have lost a very wonderful friend, I will miss her dearly. God bless her," reported the Liverpool Echo.
In a statement, Tony Hall, director-general of the BBC, said: “Cilla Black was a wonderful artist and talented entertainer who brought joy to millions. She will be deeply missed.”
ITV, home to much of Black's TV career, said: "Our thoughts are with her family and friends."
Tributes for the much-loved television star have been flooding Twitter.
Interim Labour party leader Harriet Harman and prime minister David Cameron paid tribute.
Holly Willoughby, the most recent presenter of Surprise Surprise, shared her condolences.
Fellow presenter Gabby Logan noted Black's influence on the television industry.
This Morning presenters Phillip Schofield and Ruth Langsford called her an "icon" and a "lorra lorra laughs", to borrow a phrase of Black's.
Andi Peters and Spice Girl Emma Bunton said she was a "national treasure".
According to the Evening Standard, Black's son Robert, who was also her manager, was in Spain with her when she died.
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