Former Beatle Paul McCartney said news of Black's death came as a shock. "She had a fine distinctive voice and was always a bit of a laugh. It was a privilege to know and love her," McCartney said in a statement. Ringo Starr tweeted: "She was a good friend we will all miss her."
She became a British television fixture as the cheeky, cheery host of matchmaking game show "Blind Date" (between 1985 and 2003) and heartwarming-reunion program "Surprise Surprise" (between 1984 and 2001). "She always felt like a friend in your living room, on your TV screen," television executive Michael Grade told Sky News.
In a tweet, her friend Joan Collins called Black "a resplendent and rare talent." Black's manager and husband of 30 years, Bobby Willis, died in 1999. She is survived by their three sons.