Monday 23 April 2018

Cilla Black died from 'traumatic' head injury following fall, inquest rules

Cilla Black
Cilla Black
File photo dated 3/7/2014 of Cilla Black, Sir Cliff Richard and Colin Firth in the Royal Box on Centre Court during day eleven of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire
File photo dated 7/12/2002 of Cilla Black shares a joke with the Duke of York (left) and banker David Barchetti at Knowsley Hall on Merseyside at the start of the NSPCC winter ball. Photo: Phil Noble/PA Wire
File photo dated 17/2/2002 of Cilla Black and Christopher Biggins arriving at Claridges Hotel in London for the wedding of actress Joan Collins to Percy Gibson. Photo: Andy Butterton/PA Wire
File photo dated 31/1/2010 of Prince Harry meets Cilla Black before he plays in the inaugural Setebale Polo Cup at the Apes Hill polo club in Barbados. Photo: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire
File photo dated 9/12/1965 of Cilla Black and Bruce Forsyth record a sketch for a Christmas show at ABC-TV's studios in Teddington.
File photo dated 21/3/1964 of Brian Epstein (behind) with artists, Cilla Black, Tommy Quickly (right and Billy J Kramer appearing in his show at the Palace Theatre, Manchester. Photo: PA Wire
File photo dated 22/5/1997 of Cilla Black and her husband Bobby attending the Royal Television society awards ceremony at The Grosvener in London. Photo: Neil Munns/PA Wire
File photo dated 13/2/1970 of Cilla Black, voted the Top British Singer (female); Cliff Richard, voted Mr. Valentine and Best Dressed Star (male); and Lulu, voted Top Female Singer (World), Miss Valentine and the Best Dressed Star (female), during the Disc and Music Echo Fourth Annual Readers' Poll Awards - Cafe Royal, London.
File photo dated 2/7/2010 of Cilla Black arriving at the O2 Silver Clef Awards 2010, held at the London Hilton Hotel.
File photo dated 17/9/2008 of Cilla Black during the Fashion for Relief show during London Fashion Week at the BFC Tent, Natural History Museum, London.
File photo dated 3/5/2006 of Lionel Blair and Cilla Black arriving for the Help the Aged Living Legend Awards, at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire. Photo: Hugo Philpott/PA Wire
File photo dated 29/3/2000 of Cilla Black and Jimmy Tarbuck during the inaugural International Scouse Day, at the Sugar Reef Restaurant in London. Photo: Toby Melville/PA Wire
File photo dated 1/11/1999 of Cilla Black leaves the St. Mary the Virgin Church in Denham, Buckinghamshire, with her son Ben (second right) following the funeral of her husband Bobby Willis after a battle with liver and lung cancer, aged 57. Photo: Toby Melville/PA Wire
File photo dated 1/12/2012 of Elizabeth Hurley (right) with Cilla Black during the The Sportingbet Winter Festival, Hennessy Gold Cup Day at Newbury Racecourse. Photo: Phil Cole/PA Wire
File photo dated 12/2/1964 of Cilla Black who has died at her home in the south of Spain, according to reports. Photo: PA Wire
File photo dated 9/3/2004 of Michael Parkinson and Cilla Black arrive for the Bob Monkhouse BAFTA Tribute at BBC Television Centre in west London. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Cilla Black with Cherie Booth, Chancellor of John Moore's University in Liverpool, after she attended the presention of Cilla's honorary fellowship at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral. Photo: Phil Noble/PA Wire
File photo dated 8/3/1968 of Cilla Black and Cliff Richard at BBC Television office in Shepherd's Bush, London, as they helped to count votes for Britain's song for Europe. Photo: PA Wire
File photo dated 28/5/1964 of Tommy Cooper and Frankie Vaughn helping Cilla Black to celebrate her birthday. Photo: PA Wire
File photo dated 4/5/2004 of Paul O'Grady and Cilla Black arrive for Attitude Magazine's 10th Birthday Party at the Atlantic Bar & Grill in central London, to celebrate 10 years for the gay style magazine. Photo: Myung Jung Kim/PA Wire

A plot to burgle the Buckinghamshire home of late entertainer Cilla Black has been foiled.

A professionally cut circular hole was discovered in the perimeter fence of her Denham home, ahead of her funeral next week.

Robert Willis, her eldest son, said today: "I cannot believe someone would stoop so low at a time like this. It's inconceivable. Thankfully it was discovered in time."

A statement released by her former publicist Nick Fiveash added: "A plot to burgle the Buckinghamshire home of the late Cilla Black has been foiled today.

"A professionally-cut circular hole was discovered in the perimeter fence of her Denham home ahead of her funeral on Thursday August 20.

"The police were immediately informed, 24-hour security has been increased on the property and all valuable assets including art, jewellery and her personal items have been removed and taken to a secured unit at an unknown location."

Mr Fiveash added: "It looks as if they have been preparing to burgle the house during the funeral.

"The hole in the chain link fence was cut in a very secluded place and it was not there before.

"It's a difficult time, today was the inquest and next will be the funeral.

"Her sons have been really brave and dignified and are carrying on for their mum."

The inquest into her death earlier today was told she died from a "traumatic" head injury following a fall at her home in Spain.

Andre Rebello recorded the official verdict of accidental death at a brief hearing at Liverpool Coroner's Court, calling her a "daughter of Liverpool".

Black's three sons, Ben, Robert and Jack, sat in court for the 15-minute hearing.

Mr Rebello, City of Liverpool coroner, confirmed details of the showbiz star's death at her villa in Spain, on August 1.

He referred to Black using her real name, Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis and in conclusion said the medical cause of death was a traumatic head injury caused by the fall.

Addressing her sons, he added: "She was your mum and her death is a private personal matter and we have all got one mum.

"It is right that you grieve and remember her."

Mr Rebello continued: "Far more important is that you celebrate her life, but your mum was far more than just your mum.

"She was a daughter of Liverpool and she was a celebrity and loved by all in Liverpool and that will be part of her abiding memory and memorial.

"But you will have personal, private memories of her as mum.

"It is those memories of the ordinary things she did, normal family events, the love shared and the love given, that must be her abiding memory, not just for this generation, but for each born in the future."

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