Cilla Black was one of the most beloved presenters of all time before her tragic death in 2016.
The entertainer, dancer and actress had a long career, starting as a singer and reaching the top of the charts in 1964.
Her role as the host of the iconic dating show Blind Date, from 1985 to 2003, propelled her to new stardom and her vast fortune continued to grow.
She tragically died of a stroke in 2016, but now, on what would have been her 79th birthday, Daily Star has taken a look at what happened to her enormous wealth.
£15m gift to sons
The beneficiaries of the star’s £15,217,454 estate are listed in the will as her children.
Her husband Bobby Willis died of cancer in 1999 and she never remarried.
His three sons (Robert, Jack and Ben) have been charged with just over £3million after paying £5.95million in inheritance tax.
That was even before he touched Cilla’s extensive property portfolio – which included a villa in Estepona, southern Spain, a flat in central London and a beachfront property in Barbados.
Her three children also left behind the Blind Date host’s eight-bedroom home, which included a tennis court, recreation complex, indoor pool and spa.
She had bought the property in the Bucks village of Denham in 1970.
The lavish grounds also included a detached cottage where Cilla’s housekeeper, Penny Walker, has lived for the past 30 years.
They put it on the market about a year after he passed away.
Admitting it was sad the family was leaving the close-knit village, a local source told the Daily Star on Sunday: ‘Cilla was an integral part of village life when her boys were younger, but she has been on her own for the past few years. .”
Nice gift to housekeeper
Penny Walker, the star’s housekeeper, was considered one of Cilla’s closest friends.
In fact, the pair were so close that Cilla left them £20,000 in her will, according to court documents revealed in The Sun.
Reports at the time of her death claimed the star considered the employee “part of the family” after working for her for more than three decades.
News of the star’s death shocked the world in 2016. The 72-year-old was sunbathing when she lost her balance, fell and hit her head, knocking her unconscious.
A sobering autopsy report confirmed that the cause of his death was subarachnoid hemorrhage – a form of stroke caused by a brain hemorrhage.
Andre Rebello described how his eldest son Robert discovered his mother on the terrace of his luxury Costa del Sol villa in Estepona at 5.30pm on August 1.