British entertainer Cilla Black.
British entertainer Cilla Black.

Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard lead tributes to Cilla Black

TRIBUTES have continued to flood in for the late Cilla Black.

The 72-year-old star tragically passed away at her Spanish home in Estepona, Costa del Sol and fellow celebrities and friends have taken to social media to remember the showbiz icon.

Noel Edmonds wrote on Twitter: "Sad to hear about the passing of @Cilla. Too soon #RIP ... Dear #Cilla our 60's pop icon, a true star of Sat Night TV & a friendly, caring, generous lady. A Lorra Lorra love & gratitude Cilla. Noel (sic)"

Later, in a series of messages, he added: "Today we've lost one of our truly great entertainers. Very few artistes taste success on radio, TV & pop charts. Our #Cilla dominated all 3.

"As a tribute, today & tomorrow I will celebrate her life with her greatest music on my new #radio station (sic)."

Paul O'Grady also told the Liverpool Echo newspaper how he couldn't believe his "sister" had passed away.

He shared: "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."

Pop star Cliff Richard remembered his "wonderful friend" for her "outrageous (but) funny" nature.

He told ITV in a statement: "Some people will always be with us and Cilla is one of those people. I will always think of her as outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart.

"She was a very special person, and I have lost a very wonderful friend, I will miss her dearly. God bless her."

David Hasselhoff and Peter Andre also took to the micro blogging site to offer their condolences, with David writing: "I was honored to meet Cilla Black on @loosewomen she had an amazing aura, was kind, charming and always enjoyed a good laugh. God bless her."

Peter added: "Terrible news about Cilla Black. Very sad day today losing such an icon."

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