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O'Grady: Cilla's passing has left a 'huge void in my life'

TV host Paul O'Grady has said the passing of his friend Cilla Black has left a "huge void" in his life.

He was speaking ahead of a rerun of the programme, The One and Only Cilla Black, which was first aired in 2013, celebrating her 50 years in showbusiness.

There's no more 'What's your name number one and where do you come from?'

There's no more calling out for our Graham.

And certainly no more lorra lorra laughs.

Look, Cilla was quite a Gal, and her passing has left a huge void in my life.

– TV host Paul O'Grady

Cilla Black's sons say kind words have brought comfort

Cilla Black's three sons have spoken of their devastation today, as they prepare to bring their mother's body home.

They released a statement saying "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."

ITV News' Richard Pallot reports:

Family say Cilla Black died of a stroke

Cilla's son Robert spoke to reporters prior to the statement

The family of Cilla Black have said that the results of the post-mortem into her death shows the entertainer died of natural causes.

In a statement, they said that Cilla had a stroke after losing her balance and hitting her head whilst sunbathing. "She would not have suffered" the statement continued.

Robert, Ben & Jack, Cilla’s three sons, 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 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.

– Black family statement.

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Cilla Black's post-mortem is 'conclusive', son says

One of Cilla Black's sons has said her post-mortem has proved conclusive, and that the family will release a statement shortly.

ITV Granada Reports correspondent Amy Welch is in southern Spain, where Cilla died on Saturday.

Cilla's sons pictured leaving her Spanish holiday villa

Cilla's sons leave her holiday home near Estepona on the Costa Del Sol. Credit: ITV News

Cilla Black's three sons have been pictured leaving her Spanish holiday home as her post-mortem was completed.

Bobby, Ben and Jack were seen getting into a car outside the property this afternoon.

They told waiting reporters they "had an appointment to make".

It is thought they will now make arrangements to fly their mother's body home.

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