Cilla Black has died at her home in the south of Spain, aged 72, according to reports.
Black, who was a successful singer in the 1960s, later went on to become one of the most highly paid and successful light entertainment performers in the history of British television.
Early in her career, she often sang with The Beatles and was the first female artist to be signed by their manager Brian Epstein, after being introduced to him by John Lennon, who persuaded him to audition her.
Black's first number one was Anyone Who Had A Heart, which stayed at the top spot for three weeks in February 1963.
It went on to become the biggest-selling single by a female artist in the history of British popular music at the time.
Black went on score 20 consecutive Top 40 hits on the British single and EP charts, including 11 British Top Ten singles and two consecutive Number One singles in 1964.
Her hits included You're My World, Alfie, the theme song from the Michael Caine film of that name, and Step Inside Love.
Cilla branched into acting with 1964's Ferry Across the Mersey, which featured Gerry & The Pacemakers.
She later made the switch to television and had her own variety show 'Cilla' between 1968 and 1976 on the BBC, which regularly attracted audiences of 22 million.
Black later went on to present programmes like Blind Date and Surprise Surprise in the 1980s and 90s.
Blind Date returned to our screens on 16 October 2013, for a one off special. Where producers brought back three of the show's most memorable contestants who were still single, to celebrate Cilla's 50-year career in the entertainment industry.
Cilla was the recipient of many honors and awards over the years,Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral named an honorary fellowship after her.
She won a BAFTA in 2014 and was awarded an OBE in 1997.
Bobby Willis, Cilla's husband and manager, to whom she was married for over 30 years, died in the late 1990s.
She is survived by three sons, one of whom, Robert, succeeded his father as her manager.