Following the news of Cilla Black’s passing
, tributes to the beloved showbiz icon have been pouring in from her showbiz contemporaries, friends and the people who grew up watching her on TV.
Comedian Paul O'Grady told the Liverpool Echo
that Cilla was "like a sister" to him.
“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," he said. “I thought she was well. I can’t believe it to tell you the truth.”
Here are some touching messages from Twitter:
Holly Willoughby succeeded Cilla Black as the host of ITV's Surprise Surprise.