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X Factor audition's cancelled following death of Cowell's mother

Simon with his mother Julie Credit: PA Images

The Manchester X Factor auditions have been cancelled following the death of Simon Cowell's mother. The family of the music mogul announced that Julie Cowell died yesterday at 89.

Auditions for the ITV talent show were due to begin in Manchester today but will now no longer go ahead, a spokesman for Syco Entertainment confirmed. There is no reschedule date at this time.

Announcing Mrs Cowell's death last night, the family said it was heartbroken and would "miss her terribly".

"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," a statement said.

Mrs Cowell was the mother of four boys - Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael, and step-mother to John and June.