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Cilla remembered at the Cavern Club

Cilla remembered at the Cavern Club Credit: ITV Granada

A sign has been lovingly pinned at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club where Cilla Black began her music career.

It says The Cavern Club is "sad to announce the passing of its famous cloak room girl & performer Cilla Black".

It helped open a door to her music career, was where she met her future husband Bobby Willis and where she took to the stage alongside The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

It was the start of a successful music career in which Black had 19 top 40 hits, including 11 which made it in to the top 10.

The 1964 track Anyone Who Had a Heart took her to number one and on the musical road to fame.

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Cilla Black's publicist confirms death 'with deep sorrow'

Cilla Black's publicist Nick Fiveash announced the news 'with deep sorrow'. Credit: PA

Cilla Black's death was confirmed by her publicist Nick Fiveash on Sunday afternoon.

It is with deep sorrow that I confirm today the passing of singer and TV personality Cilla Black. Details of her death will be announced following the coroner's report.

Her family have asked for their privacy to be respected at this time.

– Nick Fiveash
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Sir Bruce Forsyth: We're going to miss you Cilla

Sir Bruce Forsyth said he still thought of Cilla Black as a 'kid' and that he couldn't believe she had died aged 72.

The TV presenter and entertainer said Cilla had a "common touch" and was loved by everyone.

Sir Bruce, 87, told ITV News: "Bobby will be there to meet her, she never really got over Bobby her husband leaving when he did.

"What a lovely performer, what a lovely lady and we're going to miss you."

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Sir Cliff pays tribute to 'very wonderful friend' Cilla

Sir Cliff and Cilla attended Wimbledon together on a number of occasions. Credit: PA

Sir Cliff Richard said he will miss his "outrageous" friend dearly.

"Some people will always be with us and Cilla is one of those people," the singer said.

"I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart.

"She was a very special person, and I have lost a very wonderful friend, I will miss her dearly. God bless her."

Coronation Street star Les Dennis tweeted that he was "shocked and saddened" by the news.

Comedian Jimmy Tarbuck also paid tribute to Black, who he had been friends with for more than 50 years.

He said: "She was Liverpool's Cinderella, and she did go to the ball. What a career."

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Christopher Biggins: Cilla was 'a national treasure'

Friend and fellow presenter Christopher Biggins, who starred alongside Cilla Black in Surprise! Surprise!, described the entertainer as a "national treasure".

He said that news of her death in Spain was "really devastating".

Christopher Biggins with his long-time friend Cilla Black Credit: PA

She was a wonderful friend. She was someone who was a life force, she loved to laugh and loved to enjoy herself.

She will always be with me. She was a national treasure.

– Christopher Biggins
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