However, she sadly passed away two hours after her birth due to complications. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Former Blind Date host Cilla Black charmed the nation as a singer and TV star. Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription. An official family statement at the time said: “It has just been confirmed by the judge and coroner in Spain the autopsy was conclusive – Cilla Black died from natural causes. Sadly, Willis died in 1999 at the age of 57 following a battle with lung and liver cancer. Cilla Black. The Beatles also performed there (John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Image), Performing at Sunday Night at the London Palladium in 1965 (Rex Features), Black starred alongside David Warner in 'Love is a Four Letter Word' in 1968 (Rex Features), With Burt Bacharach on the Burt Bacharach Show in 1972 (Rex Features), Black performing on the 'The Cilla Black Show' (Rex Features), Black hosted Surprise Surprise from 1984 to 2001 (Rex Features), She hosted dating show Blind Date from 1985 to 2003 (Rex Features), She took to the stage with Lily Savage and Barbara Windsor at the Royal Variety Performance in 2001 (Rex Features), She released her book, 'What's it all about?' The documentary, Cilla: The Lost Tapes, which airs on ITV tonight, will take a look at her rise from working-class girl in Liverpool to singing star and TV personality. Born: Priscilla Maria Veronica White 27 May 1943. The hour long special will give viewers an insight into Black‘s personal life after her family discovered a treasure trove of footage in the attic of her family home years after her death. There was even a pilot for a new dating show in 2008, Sky 1’s Loveland, but by then the internet was fast making such shows seem irrelevant. Willis was born in Liverpool in 1942. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. Can I retire in 5 years' time? When Cilla’s family sold her home in 2017 following her death, they found a collection of audio recordings and home movies. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. in 2003 (ShowBizIreland.com/Getty Images), She walked the runway at the Fashion for Relief show at London Fashion Week in 2008 (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images), She attended the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at Theatre Royal in May last year (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images). explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. What Epstein had recognised was that Cilla was in danger of going out of fashion in the fast-moving pop world of the late 1960s, and it was personality, rather than her voice, that the public really responded to. The documentary is set to air footage of Black talking about Willis’ death and her struggle with grief. The singer had lost her balance after standing up on the terrace of her Spanish holiday home. All rights reserved. Although she claimed to be retired, you felt inactivity didn’t come naturally, and Cilla hosted ITV’s Loose Women for six months as well as appearing on various chat and panel shows. Pussycat Doll star Nicole Scherzinger was back at work on Wednesday as she filmed episodes of I Can See Your Voice and she certainly dressed up for the occasion. Her three sons Robert, Ben and Jack said they were all “devastated by the sad loss of our mother. Recalling how much of an impact Willis’ death had on Black who at the time was experiencing phenomenal success with her TV shows, Paul O’Grady reveals in the documentary: “She’d never done anything for herself. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. OBE. During their marriage, the couple had three children – Robert, Ben and Jack. More specifically, Cilla died from a subarachnoid haemorrhage, which is a form of stroke caused by a bleeding on the brain. 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Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Black used to perform at Liverpool music venue The Cavern in the early 1960s. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. There followed a string of hits, including the theme song to the Michael Caine film Alfie, but by August 1967, and only days before his premature death, the shrewd Epstein – having tried and largely failed to get her into movies – had engineered Cilla’s move into television, the true second act in her remarkable career. Here we take a look at Cilla’s cause of death ahead of the documentary. They also had a daughter called Ellen. The episode is a one off and will be available to watch on the ITV Hub after broadcast. She’d never used a hole in the wall to get cash out. If Twiggy had the pose, then Cilla had the gab. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? She was believed to have fallen between 12.30pm and 2.30pm, and was discovered by her son at around 5.30pm. In a bid to impress her, Willis, who was still working in Woolworths at the time, told her that he was a record producer. “It certainly wasn’t love at first sight… but he was incredibly funny and unbelievably good looking,” she is heard saying of the man she married in 1969 and had three children with. Not that Cilla had any need to be anybody’s arm candy, marrying (across the sectarian divide of 1960s Liverpool) the faithful Bobby Willis – her lifelong love and business manager, until Willis’s shatteringly early death in 1999. She would not have suffered.”. He met Black in the 1960s when she was working as a part time waitress in a bar in Liverpool. After being knocked unconscious the autopsy found she had died from a stroke. A new documentary featuring personal audio and video footage of Cilla Black will is set to air on ITV. Cilla Black lived her life in front of the lens, whether on television or her earlier pop career, Cilla Black: The singer who gave us a 'lorra, lorra laughs', You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. It was hosting the latter dating show, which ran from 1985 to 2003, that was the defining achievement of her television career – keeping order among the young bucks and proto-ladettes with her quick wits and readiness to laugh. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. 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