Barbara Windsor said Cilla Black had confided in her that she hadn't been feeling well recently.
The actress told ITV News she had seen Cilla twice in the past four weeks and they had "long chit chats".
The 77 year old described Cilla as a "great singer and performer", adding: "People will remember her, they won't forget her."
Sir Tom Jones paid tribute to his friend Cilla Black saying her 'common touch' kept her in the hearts of the British public.
Throughout her career the much-loved entertainer from 'Scottie Road' never lost touch with her roots.
Fans and mourners line the streets to pay their respects to much loved entertainer.