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In case you missed the news, Blind Date is making a comeback after 13 years of being off-air.

The show will hit the UK's Channel 5 later this year and after much speculation, the new host has finally been announced.

*Drum roll please*

Paul O'Grady is going to step into Cilla Black's shoes!

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The 61-year-old was BFFs with Cilla, who presented the show for a whopping 18 years.

After the news was announced, Paul said in a statement: "Blind Date is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout the land.

"I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can't wait to see if we can find love."

We can't wait to see the new series.

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Lady Gaga just landed herself a major new movie role – and we just LOVE who she's going to portray.

Yep, Gaga has been cast as Cilla Black (did anyone else religiously watch Blind Date as a kid?… No, just me then? OK) in a new flick based on the life of singer Dionne Warwick.

The movie will tell the story behind Dionne and Cilla's feud which was ongoing for years through their careers.

Dionne previously said that she didn't like Cilla, "because she stole my music," speaking of the time Ms Black covered her song Anyone Who Had A Heart which was number one in the UK charts for three weeks.

Taking on the role of Dionne is former Destiny's Child singer LeToya Luckett.

The news of the movie, My Life, As I See It, broke at the Cannes Film Festival yet no release date has been mentioned.

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Showbiz legend Cilla Black passed away unexpectedly on Saturday in Spain, and after initial "inconclusive" reports from her post-mortem, her family have confirmed her cause of death.

"It has just been confirmed by the judge and coroner in Spain the autopsy was conclusive – Cilla Black died of natural causes," a statement from her publicist read today, according to The Mirror

"Cilla was sunbathing on her private terrace at her villa in Estepona, got up, lost her balance and fell hitting her head, which knocked her unconscious, and she subsequently died of a stroke. She would not have suffered."

The Blind Date host's son Bobby discovered her body when he broke his way into her bedroom after she failed to get up from her usual afternoon siesta. Sources in Spain say he found her lying on her back on a sun terrace outside her bedroom, at which stage she was already dead. Marks on Cilla's right arm and elbow were reportedly consistent with a fall.

Initial post mortem results were "non-suspicious" but "inconclusive," but further tests were ordered to confirm how exactly the 72-year-old died.

Speaking to BBC News yesterday, a friend of Cilla's said she had been "willing herself to die" and wanted to be reunited with her late husband Bobby Willis, who died in 1999. "The last thing she said to me was she was going blind, she showed me her hands, she had arthritis," Cilla's childhood friend Terry McCann said of their last meeting in Spain in 2014. "She willed herself to die. She said, 'Bobby's waiting for me.'"

In a statement today, Cilla's three sons, Bobby Jr, 45,  Ben, 41, and Jack, 34, said they were hoping to bring their mother's body back to the UK as soon as they could.

"The Spanish authorities have now told us we are able to bring Mum home, which we hope to do as quickly as possible. We would also like to thank all those involved for their assistance with this matter. We respectfully request for our continued privacy to grieve," the statement read.

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A Spanish police spokesperson has confirmed that Cilla Black has passed away in her home in Costa Del Sol. 

She said: “I can confirm the death of British national Priscilla White, aged 72.”

“We are still awaiting autopsy results but everything at this stage is pointing towards her death being the result of natural causes.”

Cilla had a career that stretched over 50 years, including Blind Date  and Surprise Surprise which were television shows she presented. 

It is thought that her death occurred over night just a few days after she travelled to Spain with one of her three sons. 

Cilla leaves three sons, Robert, Ben and Jack. She was married for 30 years before her husband passed away in 1999 from lung cancer.

She was a true showbiz legend, and will be sorely missed. 

 

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