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06th Jul 2015

X Factor Auditions Cancelled After Simon Cowell’s Mother Sadly Passes Away

The music mogul and his mother were very close

Rebecca McKnight

Today’s X Factor auditions have been cancelled following the news that Simon Cowell’s mother has passed away.

A family spokesperson released a statement last night, confirming that Julie had died at the age of 89.

Simon with his mother Julie (image: Press Association).

It said: “Today our beloved mum Julie passed away. Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We are heartbroken and will miss her terribly, but she is now at peace.

“We would like to thank the media for kindly respetcing Julie’s privacy throughout and we politely request continued privacy for the entire family at this particularly difficult time.”

Julie had four sons – Simon, Nicholas, Tony and Michael – as well as two stepchildren – John and June.

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Today’s X Factor auditions have been cancelled (image: ITV).

A representative for Syco Entertainment said this morning that no decisions have been made regarding X Factor auditions.

They explained: “They were due to start today (Monday) and carry on into Tuesday and Wednesday. Today’s have been cancelled and we have not made any decision beyond that.”