It is with great sadness that the University reports the death of Honorary Fellow Cilla Black, OBE.
Cilla is without doubt one of Britain’s most successful and best-loved entertainers. Over the years, following being signed by The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, she has had 19 Top 40 singles (including two #1 hits), sold out concert venues around the world and presented many iconic TV shows whilst bringing up three sons with her husband, Bobby Willis.
In 1997, Cilla was honoured with an OBE (Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II for her achievements in the entertainment industry.
Cilla received her Honorary Fellowship from LJMU in 2000 in recognition of her outstanding professional achievements in the field of entertainment.
Professor Nigel Weatherill, Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University commented:
"The University was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Cilla Black. She was a true legend of the city of Liverpool and an inspiration to many through her determination and success."