Martin Talbot, chief executive of the Official Charts Company, said: “The British public has a track record of demonstrating its love for its favourite artists by returning to their music, and Cilla Black is no exception”.
Grieving Robert Willis, 45, looked as if the shock of the star’s death was starting to sink in as he spent time looking at the tributes left by fans alongside their bouquets.
The singer turned TV presenter’s sons picked up the gifts as they returned to Cilla’s Costa del Sol villa at mid-afternoon.
Cilla Black’s body was flown back to Britain today – nearly week after she died in a fall at her Spanish home.
Robert, who is also her manager, discovered her after breaking through her door when she failed to emerge from her midday siesta.
The singer and TV star died of a stroke after falling over at her Spanish home on Saturday last week.
“This originates the focal subarachnoid haemorrhage with a loss of consciousness being exposed to the sun apparently for four hours”.
The medical experts who examined Cilla said the haemorrhage had been caused by a head injury they thought she suffered as she fell backwards and hit her terrace wall.
Black saw a peak in sales after ITV drama Cilla, starring Sheridan Smith in the lead, aired on ITV previous year.
Another insider said: ‘Cilla’s body was embalmed and dressed before the flight. The report also confirmed that she had been alone at the time of the accident, and that she might possibly have been saved if she had been found earlier.
The newspaper’s article goes on to claim that on the day she died, her son Bobby was in fact in the villa – Cilla was known to spend several weeks a year at the house while probably hoping to avoid the damp and cold British weather that no doubt affected her crippling arthritis – with his mother, but he was in a different part of the house and was at first unaware there was anything wrong.
In a joint statement Black’s three sons Robert, Ben and Jack said they were “devastated” by their mother’s death, but thanked those who have paid tribute to her.
“We would like to thank everyone, especially the people of Liverpool”. ‘We respectfully request for our continued privacy to grieve.’.