Christopher Biggins revealed the late Cilla Black called him the night her husband died for help.

Christopher and Linda La Plante appeared on Loose Women and spoke to Ranvir Singh, Janet Street Porter and Gloria Hunniford, amid the fifth anniversary of Cilla's death due to a stroke.

They both spoke of how reliant Cilla was on her husband Bobby Willis, and that she was at a loss when he died in 1999.

"She was just wonderful we were best friends from the moment we met," he gushed.

Loose Women paid tribute to Cilla Black on the five-year anniversary of her death

Gloria said Bobby was "the backbone of Cilla" and "made sure she was treated like a star".

"She was so devastated when he died," said Christopher.

"I remember going to see him when he was dying, and it was so sad because you could see in his eyes that he was not going to be around for much longer.

"And then when he died she was totally... He did everything for her, he would even go to the hairdressers with her, he paid for everything.

Christopher Biggins and Cilla Black

"That night she rang me in tears at midnight saying, 'I don't know what to do with the dogs!'

"Because he would always feed them, he did everything for Cilla."

Christopher said Cilla had several toilets built in venues across the country so she would have her own toilet near her dressing room wherever she went.

Linda said: "What I really appreciated about her was her privacy, she was a very private woman.

"She had a wonderful family life, that was private and off bounds.

"But then in London we used to do Saturday lunches, oh my goodness me...Paralytic, wonderful lunches," she laughed.

"She was absolutely wonderful fun."