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Why Host Dale Winton Missed Singer Cilla Black's Funeral

Presenter Dale Winton missed the funeral of his good friend Cilla Black, but in the world of entertainment, this happens more often than you'd think.

By Lexie Hammesfahr | August 24, 2015

It's difficult to lose a loved one, but it's even harder when a mandatory work commitment conflicts with the funeral.

That's exactly what happened when presenter Dale Winton missed the funeral of his close friend, singer Cilla Black.

Initially, some speculated it had to do with his health. Fans were worried after he seemed unwell during an April episode of his BBC show, "In It to Win It."

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But a spokesperson told the Daily Mirror Winton's absence was due to filming commitments for the BBC show in Scotland.

Because of studio deadlines, contracts and shooting windows, it's not uncommon for someone in the film industry to miss an event over a work commitment.

William Shatner missed former "Star Trek" co-star Leonard Nimoy's funeral because of a commitment with the Red Cross.

In 2014, Jennifer Lawrence missed an award show and an Oscar luncheon thanks to "X-Men" reshoots in Montreal.

Angelina Jolie missed her aunt's funeral because it conflicted with Brad Pitt's "World War Z" premiere.

Winton said in a statement, "I personally have lost a true, trusted and loyal friend."

Black died at the beginning of August at her vacation home in Spain. She reportedly had a stroke after falling backwards and hitting her head, knocking her unconscious and causing a hemorrhage. She was 72-years-old.

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