Cilla Black: '75 is a good age to die'

TV veteran Cilla Black has said she would be happy to die by the age of 75 before poor health ruins her quality of life - but ruled out suicide.

Cilla Black will take a special lifetime achievement award at this year's TV Baftas. Credit: PA

In an interview with the Daily Mirror on the eve of her 71st birthday, the former pop star said she did not want to "linger" or be a burden on her family.

She explained: "Seventy-five is a good age to go, I still think that way.

"I don't want to linger. I don't want to be a burden on anybody. I know 75 is only four years away but I take each day as I find it.

The Liverpool native added: "I agree with (Swiss assisted dying clinic) Dignitas, but I couldn't be the one to administer the poison that kills me... I'm too much of a coward."