Music mogul Cowell's mother dies
The mother of music mogul Simon Cowell, Julie Cowell, has died at the age of 89, it was announced today.
The family said they were heartbroken and would "miss her terribly".
A spokesman for them confirmed that Mrs Cowell died today.
They 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."
Mrs Cowell was the mother of four boys - Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael, and step-mother to John and June.
A spokesman for the family added: " We would like to thank the media for kindly respecting Julie's privacy throughout and we politely request continued privacy for the entire family at this particularly difficult time."
X Factor auditions which were set to begin in Manchester tomorrow will now no longer go ahead, a spokesman for Syco Entertainment confirmed.
He said: "They were due to start tomorrow and carry on into Tuesday and Wednesday. Tomorrow's have been cancelled and we have not made any decisions beyond that."