Cilla Black 'may have survived if found sooner'
Cilla Black may have had a chance of survival had she been found straight away, a pathologist's report has revealed.
The singer died from a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa.
It is believed she was not found for at least four hours.
A pathologist report into the 72-year-old's death revealed the injury she suffered does not usually cause death but she was also showing signs of heat stroke.
The 10-page report confirmed the former 'Blind Date' presenter suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage - a rare form of stroke caused by bleeding on the surface of the brain.
The medical experts who examined her said the haemorrhage had been caused by a head injury they thought she suffered as she fell backwards and hit her head on a terrace wall.
The report said: "A subarachnoid haemorrhage by its characteristics doesn't normally cause sudden death, but it can produce a loss of consciousness and depending on the state of health of the person and the context, (place and way in which the trauma occurs, time it takes to be medically assisted, position people are found in, etc) can cause death in a more or less defined period of time.
It concluded: "The most probable diagnosis of the cause of death, at this moment in time, pending lab results that have been requested, is: head injury, subarachnoid haemorrhage, as a result of a fall. Contributing to death, but not in a decisive manner, the high temperature the body remained in after this loss of consciousness."
Black's three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack, hope to return her body to Britain later this week.
In a statement, this week they said: "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.
"We would like to thank everyone, especially the people of Liverpool. The tributes and condolences have really helped us through these difficult times," the statement said.
Black's funeral is expected to take place at St Mary the Virgin Church in Denham, Buckinghamshire, close to the star's home.(© Daily Telegraph, London)