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Reading FC co-chairman attends Cilla Black's funeral

Sir John Madejski leaves St Mary's Church in Woolton Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Sir John Madejski attended St Mary's Church in Woolton, Liverpool for the funeral of Cilla Black.

Sir John Madejski has previously described the 72-year-old as his soulmate, and said he is keen to protect her in death as he had while she was alive.

Black's career spanned six decades before her sudden death after a fall at her villa in Spain on August 1st. She was 72.

Sir John Madejski: 'Cilla was not dying to die'

Sir John Madejski described Cilla Black as his 'soulmate' Credit: ITV Meridian

Reading Football Club co-chairman Sir John Madejski has hit back at reports that Cilla Black wanted to die, and has urged people to respect the star's family.

Sir John Madejski described the 72-year-old as his soulmate, and said he is keen to protect her in death as he had while she was alive. Another friend of the late singing and TV star had claimed she "willed herself to die" to be reunited with her husband Bobby Willis who died in 1999, but Sir John refuted that suggestion.

Black's body has been flown back to the UK, her publicist confirmed on Friday, but no funeral details have yet been released.

Sir John said he had never been anything other than a close friend to the Blind Date presenter, describing their relationship as like that of an "old couple".

"We had a great relationship. I respected her and she respected me. You don't get many relationships like that with the opposite sex. We were, in some ways,like an old couple."


Back in charge - Sir John on Royals' footballing future

After months of rumour and speculation about what is going on behind the scenes at Reading Football club - the side's chairman Sir John Madejski has broken his silence and told fans that he is still in charge!

Fifty-one percent of the club was sold to businessman Anton Zingarevich, back in May 2012. One of the Russian billionaire's most controversial decisions was sacking Brian McDermott who had overseen the Royals promotion to the Premier League.

In his first major television interview this year, Sir John discussed the Royals' future with ITV Meridian's Fred Dinenage and Sangeeta Bhabra.

Sir John Madejski reappointed as Reading's Chancellor

Sir John Madejski reappointed as a university Chancellor Credit: University of Reading

Sir John Madejski has been reappointed as the Chancellor of the University of Reading. The Chairman of Reading Football Club was first installed in the role in 2007.

The President of the Council of the University of Reading, Christopher Fisher, said:

β€œIn his first five years as Chancellor, Sir John has been an energetic ambassador for the University, helping celebrate the successes of our students and our staff and representing the University at high profile events, including welcoming Her Majesty the Queen to the University this summer.

"On behalf of the University Council, I am delighted that he will be reaffirming his strong association with the University and look forward to his continuing help in ensuring we maintain and, indeed, enhance the excellent profile of the institution locally, in the UK and around the globe. ”

Sir John Madejski said he was 'delighted' to be reappointed:

β€œI take great pride in the world-wide impact of the research and the excellence of the teaching at the University as well as the significant contribution that the University, its students & staff make to the economic and social well-being of the communities in Reading and the wider Thames Valley.”