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Cilla Black died of stroke after being knocked unconscious by fall

Anita Singh in London

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

File photo dated 27/11/2007 of Cilla Black attends the private view of the new 'Modern Muses' photography exhibition by Bryan Adams at The Hospital, Endell Street in London. Photo: Carmen Valino/PA Wire
File photo dated 27/11/2007 of Cilla Black attends the private view of the new 'Modern Muses' photography exhibition by Bryan Adams at The Hospital, Endell Street in London. Photo: Carmen Valino/PA Wire
Cilla Black, who died last week
Cilla Black said she wanted to be remembered mainly as a singer, rather than a TV presenter.
British pop singer Cilla Balck smiles with her fiance Bobby Willis, in Mayfair, London in 1969. Photo: AP
Cilla receives her OBE in 1997
The TV star at a photoshoot for ‘Blind Date’ in 2001
20-year-old Cilla in 1963
The singer rehearsing with Paul McCartney
Cilla Black and Bobby Willis after their wedding in 1969
Cilla Black in the early 60s when she shot to stardom
Cilla Black with her late husband Bobby

Cilla Black died of a stroke after falling at her Spanish villa, her sons have said, as they told how they were "devastated by the sad loss of our mother".

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The singing and TV star was sunbathing at her villa on the Costa del Sol, when she lost her balance, fell and hit her head, which knocked her unconscious.

A post-mortem revealed that she subsequently died of a stroke, a statement from her publicist said yesterday, adding that she would not have suffered.

Her death, at age 72, prompted an outpouring of grief across the world.

Cards and flowers outside the Cavern club in Liverpool following the death of Cilla Black at her home in Spain
Cards and flowers outside the Cavern club in Liverpool following the death of Cilla Black at her home in Spain

Black's family said they have now been given permission to return her body home "as soon as possible" for her funeral. Details have not yet been released.

They said in a statement released through her publicist: "It has just been confirmed by the judge and coroner in Spain the autopsy was conclusive - Cilla Black died of natural causes.

"Cilla was sunbathing on her private terrace at her villa in Estepona, got up, lost her balance and fell hitting her head, which knocked her unconscious, and she subsequently died of a stroke. She would not have suffered."

Her three sons - Robert, Ben and Jack - said in a statement: "We are devastated by the sad loss of our mother, but have been deeply touched by all the kind messages of support from her friends, fans, the public and media.

Cilla Black died at her home in the south of Spain
Cilla Black died at her home in the south of Spain

"We would like to thank everyone, especially the people of Liverpool. The tributes and condolences have really helped us through these difficult times.

"The Spanish authorities have now told us we are able to bring Mum home, which we hope to do as quickly as possible.

"We would also like to thank all those involved for their assistance with this matter.

"We respectfully request for our continued privacy to grieve."

The Liverpool-born singer and TV presenter's engaging personality and phenomenal capacity for hard work propelled her to become one of Britain's most successful and well-paid performers.

She had flown to Spain last week with the eldest of her three sons and was staying at her whitewashed stone villa in Estepona, near Marbella, on the Costa del Sol.

She happily posed for a photo with a hen party at Malaga airport - believed to be the last picture taken of her - just hours before her death. (© Daily Telegraph London)

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