Sunday 19 November 2017

Cilla Black 'willed herself to die', claims close pal

Cards and flowers outside the Cavern club in Liverpool following the death of Cilla Black at her home in Spain
Cards and flowers outside the Cavern club in Liverpool following the death of Cilla Black at her home in Spain
Cards and flowers outside the Cavern club in Liverpool following the death of Cilla Black at her home in Spain

Cilla Black “willed herself to die”, a close childhood friend has said.

Terry McCann said he “wasn’t surprised” to learn that Black  (72) had died at her home on the Costa del Sol, and told the BBC that the last thing she had said to him was she was going blind and had arthritis.

“She willed herself to die. She said, ‘Bobby’s [her late husband] waiting for me’,” he said.

“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.

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“She just said, ‘Look at me, I’m a wreck’. I was trying to cheer her up. She knew something we didn’t.

“She knew she was going to die and she said she wasn’t going to linger like her mother.

“Her mother was ill for two years and she had the same complaint and she said she was never going to linger like that.”

Black’s death is not being treated as suspicious, but post-mortem results were “inconclusive”, according to reports quoting Spanish police.

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They are investigating whether her death was caused by a fall, brought on by a sudden temper-

ature change after she walked from an air-conditioned room into the midday heat.

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She was found dead by her eldest son who broke down the door to her bedroom after she failed to rise from her siesta. She was lying on an adjoining sun terrace.


Police in Spain said “everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes”.

Black’s death at her home in Estepona has left friends, family and the British public in shock.

Tributes have poured in for the entertainer, led by close friends such as Cliff Richard, Paul McCartney and Christopher Biggins.

Born Priscilla Maria Veronica White in Liverpool, she rose to fame in the 1960s and became the first woman to have her own prime-time chat show on BBC One.

Her star continued to shine brightly, and she had two number ones in 1964, Anyone Who Had A Heart and You’re My World.

In a touching tribute, Richard said he was due to visit her 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.

McCartney paid tribute to her from Los Angeles, saying: “Such a shock to hear about Cilla’s passing.

“She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit.

“From first meeting her as a cloakroom girl at the Cavern in Liverpool, to seeing her many times since, she always had a fun-loving dignity that made her a great pleasure to be around.

“She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her.”

Ringo Starr said: “I just heard the news Cilla Black has left us. She was a good friend, we will all miss her. Peace to Cilla, peace and love to the family, R&B.”

EastEnders star Barbara Windsor described Black’s death as “awful”.

“I was only with her a couple of weeks ago,” she said. “I’ve seen her twice in the last few weeks, and as always she looked immaculate.

“That was the thing about Cilla, she always looked spot-on. But I knew she wasn’t very well, she didn’t seem well.

“I liked her, we got on well. She was nothing like me in personality at all, but she was a good, good all-round performer.”

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