Celebs Pay Tribute To Cilla Black, Dead At 72
Former prime time TV queen passed away at her home in Spain...
Showbiz legend Cilla Black has died at the age of 72.
Holly Willoughby has led tributes to the woman who ruled the TV airwaves in the 1980s as host of Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
Holly, who presents the revamped version of Surprise Surprise, tweeted: "So so sad to hear the news that we have lost one of my heroes, Cilla you were one incredible lady! Sending all my love to her family. X"
This photo is even more special to me now... pic.twitter.com/nmUcArmJjO
— Holly Willoughby (@hollywills) August 2, 2015
And she also shared an on-set snap of herself with her predecessor, writing: "This photo is even more special to me now..."
Black died in her sleep last night at her home in Estepona, near Malaga in Spain.
Other celebs to pay tribute to one of the nation's favourite Scousers included Essex boy Mark Wright.
Rip Cilla Black !! Shocking news !! Amazing women. Loved her shows growing up too !! Xx
— Mark Wright (@MarkWright_) August 2, 2015
Saddened to hear about the passing of Cilla Black. A true showbiz legend.
— Ronan Keating (@ronanofficial) August 2, 2015
RIP Cilla Black..... Always remember Watching Blind Date back in the day! Saturday TV at it's best!
— Jay (@JayGShore) August 2, 2015
He wrote: "Rip Cilla Black !! Shocking news !! Amazing women. Loved her shows growing up too !! Xx"
And former Boyzone star Ronan Keating added: "Saddened to hear about the passing of Cilla Black. A true showbiz legend."
Geordie Shore star Jay Gardner tweeted: "RIP Cilla Black..... Always remember Watching Blind Date back in the day! Saturday TV at it's best!"
Her fellow showbiz veteran and close pal Christopher Biggins said: "She was a wonderful friend. She was someone who was a life force, she loved to laugh and loved to enjoy herself.
"She will always be with me. She was a national treasure."
While another good friend Paul O'Grady told the Liverpool Echo: "Please tell me this isn’t true? We've been friends for nearly 20 years. She's like my sister.
"Apart from her hearing she was alright. We had a week together in Barbados at the beginning of the year and I saw her on my birthday.
"I thought she was well. I can't believe it to tell you the truth."
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