Some of Britain’s best-loved stars have paid tribute to singer and entertainer Cilla Black, who died at her home in Spain on Saturday at the age of 72.
Paul McCartney led tributes, calling Black “a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit.”
Spanish police have said they believe Black died of natural causes. A post-mortem examination is due later.
A book of condolence is being opened at the town hall in Black’s hometown, Liverpool, on Monday.
On Sunday, Spanish police said a woman named Priscilla White – Black’s real name – had died in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, where the star had a home. Her agent Nick Fiveash confirmed the news.
The BBC’s Madrid correspondent Tom Burridge said the results of the post-mortem examination may not be officially published by the Spanish authorities for several days or possibly weeks.
Born Priscilla White in Liverpool, Black changed her name to launch a singing career with hits such as Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World.
Her career focus shifted to television in 1968, when she was given her own BBC One primetime series, and she went on to host a number of shows for ITV, including Blind Date and Surprise Surprise.
“Such a shock to hear about Cilla’s passing,” said Sir Paul, who wrote Black’s first single, Love of the Loved.
“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.”
Sir Bruce Forsyth said Black would be “sadly missed”, while presenter Christopher Biggins described her as a “national treasure”.
Songwriter Burt Bacharach, who worked with Black, said: “It will always be a most special memory for me of recording her on Alfie in Abbey Road Studios in 1965.”
Entertainer Des O’Connor called her “a very special lady”, while broadcaster Gloria Hunniford – who said she had seen Black two weeks ago at a friend’s barbecue – called her “a true icon”.
Sir Cliff Richard remembered her as “outrageous, funny, incredibly gifted but above all full of heart”.
“She was a very special person,” he added, “and I have lost a very wonderful friend, I will miss her dearly. God bless her.”
“I am so sad and shocked by news about my good friend Cilla,” tweeted Dame Joan Collins. “She was a resplendent and rare talent.”