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Sadly, we report that Simon Cowell’s mother has passed away.

A spokesperson for the family confirmed that on Sunday, July 5, Julie Cowell, Simon’s mother, died at the age of 89.

“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,” the spokesperson said.

“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.”

In light of his mother’s death, Cowell has postponed the X Factor U.K. auditions.  They were scheduled to begin Monday, July 6.

There has been no word as to when they will begin the auditions.

Syco Entertainment stated, “Auditions were due to start today and carry on into Tuesday and Wednesday. Today’s have been cancelled and we have not mad any decisions beyond that.”

Julie Cowell was the mother to four sons: Simon, Nicholas, Tony, and Michael.  She also had two stepchildren, John and June. She was widowed in 1999 when her husband Eric Selig Phillip Cowell passed away.

Simon had a close relationship with his mother and his father. Simon welcomed his first child in February 2014, and he named his son after his later father.

Simon has not yet released a statement about his mother’s death.

We offer Simon and his family our deepest condolences.