Stars including Holly Willoughby and Mark Wright speak out after Cilla Black passes away aged 72

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The showbiz world has reacted in shock to the news that legendary singer and presenter Cilla Black has died.

Spanish police confirmed earlier today that the 72-year-old star had passed away overnight at her home in Marbella, with a spokesperson reported as telling the Daily Telegraph: ‘We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.’

Cilla first found fame in the 1960s and was close to fellow Liverpudlian stars The Beatles. She had a successful music career before switching to presenting and was hugely popular as the host of Blind Date in the 1990s.

Her passing has prompted an outpouring of shock and sadness on social media, with many celebrities paying tribute to the iconic star.

Caroline Flack was amongst those to share their memories of how Cilla influenced them when they were younger:

Some stars were lost for words and chose to pay tribute in a simple way, such as Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent:

Meanwhile Rylan Clark shared a sweet message:

Holly Willoughby posted a particularly moving tribute. The presenter fronts Surprise Surprise, a show Cilla previously hosted, and included a picture of the two together in her message.

Cilla was clearly a much-loved lady as other Tweets have been flooding in from across the celebrity world…

The sad news comes just under a year after Cilla’s life was brought to the small screen in a biopic starring Sheridan Smith, who has posted a touching message about the on-screen legend that she played.

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It scooped several award nominations and earned Sheridan the Outstanding Drama Performance accolade at the National Television Awards earlier this year.

The mini-series followed Cilla’s road to being a singing superstar, which included humble beginnings in Liverpool along with a not-very-well-known band called The Beatles. Both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have been written hearfelt messages about the star:

Comedian Dawn French remembered the laughs that the she provided the nation, while friends Arelene Phillips and Joan Collins remembered happy memories with the singer…

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Piers Morgan remembered interviewing the nation’s sweetheart…

Last year Cilla called herself a ‘lady of leisure’ who was ‘living disgracefully’ during an interview with the BBC.

‘I’m going to enjoy myself,’ she revealed about her semi-retirement. ‘If it be in television then so be it, but I’ve had my time.’

Our thoughts are with Cilla’s family and friends at this difficult time.