Several celebrities have shared their sadness at the loss of national treasure Cilla Black who has died at the age of 72, reportedly in her sleep from natural causes.
Sheridan Smith, who portrayed the star in the acclaimed ITV drama Cilla last year, posted on Twitter: “I’m absolutely devastated to hear the tragic news about Cilla. She was the most remarkable woman, a true legend. She was so kind and helpful to me, it was a privilege to play her. My condolences go out to her family and all who loved her. She will be truly missed. X.”
I grew up adoring her from afar and was lucky enough to consider her a friend in recent years. Heartfelt condolences to her family #RIPCilla
— Kate Thornton (@k8_thornton) August 2, 2015
Cilla’s close friend Sir Cliff Richard released the following 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.”
Holly Willoughby, who is the current presenter of Cilla’s former show Surprise Surprise, posted: “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’.
My earliest memory of having a tantrum was over Cilla. I wanted her album. My mum and dad said no – my grandad said yes. I was 4. #ripcilla
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) August 2, 2015
Sir Paul McCartney, another of Cilla’s longtime friends, said: “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.”
I will always remember getting ready with the girls for a big Saturday night out…but we had to watch blind date first..the law! #RipCilla
— Rita Simons (@OfficialRita) August 2, 2015
BBC sports presenter Gabby Logan tweeted: “Cilla Black was the complete entertainer/host in an era when everyone watched TV. She was a trail blazer. RIP Cilla.”
Les Dennis posted: “Just heard one of THE brightest stars in the show biz firmament, Our Cilla, has faded. The sky is far less bright without you Tara Chuck.” (sic)
Supermodel Naomi Campbell paid tribute on Instagram by posting a picture of Cilla on the catwalk at her Fashion For Relief charity event and it’s the perfect reminder to us all of just how sassy our favourite Scouser was.
As a child of the ’80s, I grew up with Cilla Black. Blind Date and Surprise Surprise were Saturday night staples. She was witty, warm and always had a twinkle in her eye. Rest in peace, Cilla.