Cilla Black inquest to be held today after TV star’s death at luxury Spanish villa

'The One and Only Cilla Black' TV Programme in December 2013
Missed: Fans are expected to line the streets before Cilla Black’s funeral

An inquest into the death of singer and TV star Cilla Black will be held in Liverpool today.

Liverpool Coroner’s Court will hear evidence this afternoon relating to the death the 72-year-old.

Cilla is thought to have died at her Spanish home on August 2 after falling and hitting her head on the villa’s terrace.

The music and TV legend fell backwards, knocking over a table before hitting her head on the wall, according to the postmortem released by Spanish authorities.

The impact of the bump left Cilla unconscious and caused a rare form of stroke, the 10-page report claimed.

The report detailing the tragic circumstances that led to her death said she had been alone at the time of the accident, adding that she may have been saved if she had been found earlier.

The postmortem said: “The most likely hypothesis is that being on the terrace, for some reason – loss of balance, stumble – she falls backwards, upturning the table she has near to her and hitting her head on the wall.”

The report also revealed that Cilla, who suffered from arthritis and osteoporosis, frequently fell over and had done so at a friend’s house in Britain just days before jetting out to Spain.

The inquest – an examination of the facts around a sudden or unexplained death – is listed under her married name Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis, aged 72.

GettyCilla Black singing
Star: The singer and TV star is thought to have died of a stroke

It was revealed yesterday Cilla is to be buried in her home city of Liverpool, reports the Echo.

The celebrity’s funeral service will be held at St Mary’s Church, Woolton , on August 20.

Cilla will then be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Allerton Cemetery alongside her parents.


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