Plus, a few thousand for her devoted housekeeper.
The contents of the late Cilla Black's last will and testament has finally been unveiled to the public, revealing that her £15 million estate has been left to her three sons, with a further sum of money bequested to her housekeeper. The former singer and presenter was one of the most highly paid women in British television in her hey-day.
Cilla Black's will leaves estate to sons
Black's three grown-up sons Robert, 45, Ben, 41, and Jack, 35, are apparently £5 million richer each (though that's before inheritance tax), while the late star's housekeeper Penelope Walker has been gifted with a generous £20,000. Black's assets at the time of her death included a luxurious villa in Estepona, Spain where she died, an ample Buckinghamshire home, a smart London penthouse and a glorious Barbados beach house.
Cilla Black passed away on August 1st 2015 at the age of 72, after suffering from a subarachnoid haemorrhage and thus a stroke caused by a fall on her terrace in her Spanish home. She was also suffering from various other health complications at the time, such as painful rheumatoid arthritis and troubles with her eyesight. She was fondly remembered at a service in Woolton, Liverpool that saw many of her famous friends attend such as Cliff Richard, Paul O'Grady and Christopher Biggins.
Black began her sparkling showbiz career as a singer after meeting the Beatles in Liverpool in the 60s, but her later work was in television presenting where she became the face of hit shows such as 'Surprise Surprise', 'The Moment of Truth' and 'Blind Date'. She landed her first number one album posthumously with the greatest hits collection 'The Very Best of Cilla Black'.
Her death came not long after her 50 year career was commemorated with the three-part drama series 'Cilla' starring the BAFTA winning Sheridan Smith.