Fall while sunbathing caused Cilla Black to have stroke
Cilla Black died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa.
The singing and TV star was sunbathing at her villa on the Costa del Sol, when she lost her balance, fell, and hit her head which knocked her unconscious.
A post-mortem revealed that she subsequently died of a stroke, a statement from her publicist said. She would not have suffered, it added.
In a joint statement her three sons Robert, Ben and Jack said: "We are devastated by the sad loss of our mother, but have been deeply touched by all the kind messages of support from her friends, fans and the public.
"We would like to thank everyone, especially the people of Liverpool. The tributes and condolences have really helped us through these difficult times.
"The Spanish authorities have told us we are able to bring mum home, which we hope to do as quickly as possible.
"We would also like to thank all those involved for their assistance with this matter. We respectfully request for our continued privacy to grieve."
No funeral details have yet been released.
The reports came after a friend, Terry McCann, told the BBC he "wasn't surprised" to find out Black had died.
He said the last time he spoke to her she told him she was going blind and had arthritis.
Mr McCann told the BBC: "She willed herself to die. She said, 'Bobby's waiting for me'.
"Her mother went the same way. I don't know what her mother died of but it seemed she associated it with her mother's death and she just knew it was going to happen.
"She just said, 'Look at me, I'm a wreck'. I was trying to cheer her up."
Tributes have continued to pour in for the Surprise Surprise star, 72, led by close friends like Sir Cliff Richard, Sir Paul McCartney and Christopher Biggins.
Sir Cliff revealed he was due to visit her in Spain next week.
"Her passing away is a particular shock because despite the aches and pains we all suffer, she was always so upbeat," he said.
Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr both remembered her fondly.
McCartney said she was a "great pleasure to be around". Starr said she was a "good friend" who would be missed.
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