Cilla Black inquest to take place in Liverpool


The inquest into the death of singer and TV star Cilla Black is set to take place today in her home city of Liverpool.

No witnesses are scheduled to be called but a coroner's officer is expected to give details in court about her death before Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello records his verdict.

The inquest proceedings were cancelled an hour before they were due to begin yesterday after officials realised the entertainer's body was not in the city, and therefore not in the required legal jurisdiction.

The showbiz star is thought to have died at her Spanish home on August 2 after falling and hitting her head on the villa's terrace.

Post-mortem examination details released by the Spanish authorities suggest the 72-year-old entertainer died from a rare form of stroke caused by her fall.

Today's hearing is listed for 2pm under her real name of Priscilla Maria Veronica Willis.

Her funeral will take place in Liverpool next Thursday at St Mary's Church, Woolton.

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

The Rt Rev Thomas Williams, Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool and former parish priest of St Anthony's, Scotland Road, will officiate at the Catholic funeral Mass.