Late entertainer Cilla Black's sons today confirmed her cause of death, revealing she died from a stroke after suffering a head injury in a fall

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Cilla Black‘s ‘devastated’ sons today confirmed that their mother died from natural causes in an emotional statement.

The late veteran entertainer’s three sons released a joint statement revealing that Cilla died from a stroke after suffering a head injury.

Robert, 45, Ben, 41, and Jack, 34, said that their mother died of natural causes, after losing her balance, falling and hitting her head, before suffering a stroke.

A statement issued by Cilla’s publicist Nick Fiveash read: ‘It has just been confirmed by the judge and coroner in Spain the autopsy was conclusive – Cilla Black died of natural causes.

‘Cilla was sunbathing on her private terrace at her villa in Estepona, got up, lost her balance and fell hitting her head, which knocked her unconscious, and she subsequently died of a stroke. She would not have suffered.’

The much-loved star’s body was found on Sunday by her eldest son, Bobby, when he smashed his way into her bedroom after she failed to rise from an afternoon nap.

Authorities have now given her family permission to return her body to the UK for her funeral, the date of which is yet to be confirmed.

Cilla’s son’s today offered their thanks to friends and fans for their support in the wake of their mother’s shock death.

They 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, the public and media.

‘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 now 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.’

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