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Cilla Black Dead: Paul O'Grady Remembers His 'Strong' Friend, Following The News Of Her Shock Death

Paul O’Grady has spoken about the sad death of his friend, Cilla Black.

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The two had been close friends for almost 20 years, with Paul admitting that he’s struggling to believe the news of her shock death.

Cilla Black and Paul O'Grady

“I thought she was well. I can’t believe it to tell you the truth.”

As well as their friendship away from the spotlight, the pair appeared on screen together on numerous occasions, with Paul even presenting the retrospective show, ‘The One And Only Cilla Black’, which commemorated her 50th year in showbiz.

Paul O'Grady says he can't believe his friend has died, at the age of 72

They also infamously performed together at the Royal Variety Performance, alongside Babara Windsor, with Paul in character as his drag alter-ego, Lily Savage.

Watch another amazing clip of Paul and Cilla, when he introduced her at ITV's 'Avenue Of The Stars', below:

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