Cilla Black leaves estate worth more than £15m to her three sons

Cilla Black

The singer and television presenter died last year aged 72 and owned luxurious properties around the world

Cilla Black left an estate worth more than £15m to be divided between her three sons, according to her will.

The singer and television presenter, who died in August, also left a bequest of £20,000 to Penelope Walker, who is understood to be her longstanding housekeeper.

Her three sons Robert, 45, Ben, 41, and Jack, 35, will divide an estate worth £15.2m before inheritance tax.

Black, 72, died at her Spanish villa on 2 August after falling and hitting her head on the terrace, an inquest concluded. According to postmortem details released by the Spanish authorities, she died from a rare form of stroke caused by her head injuries.

The Liverpool-born singer was a hugely successful entertainer in the 1960s, before becoming one of the best-paid presenters on British television in the 1980s and 1990s.

As well as her villa in Estepona, southern Spain, Black owned a number of luxurious properties around the world including a large house in Buckinghamshire, a penthouse apartment in central London and a beachfront property in Barbados.

The singer was born Priscilla White, the daughter of a Liverpool docker, John White, and his wife Priscilla, who sold vintage clothes from a market stall. She was a performer from an early age, progressing from family gatherings to school talent shows and the dockers’ annual Christmas party.

She began her five-decade career in 1963 with two number one singles: Anyone Who Had a Heart and You’re My World. She was managed by the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, after being introduced by family friend Richard Starkey – better known as Ringo Starr.

After Epstein died in 1967, her husband, Bobby Willis, became her personal manager, a role he continued until his death from cancer in 1999.

Black’s presenting career began in 1984 with the show Surprise! Surprise! that ran until 2001. She was best known for hosting Blind Date on ITV, which ran for 18 years from 1985.

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