Wheelchair bound X Factor finalist Kerry McGregor loses cancer battle
LOUIS Walsh joined tributes last night following the death of Kerry McGregor, the wheelchair bound singer who made it to the final ten contestants in the show in 2006.
“Awful news about the death of the beautiful @kerrymcgregorUK what a beautiful lady,|” Walsh tweeted. Tributes were also paid by Kerry’s mentor Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell.
The mum of one was diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago and it has emerged that the grueling chemotherapy treatment left the singer almost deaf.
Last night her management issued a statement paying tribute to the singer who is well known in her native Scotland: 'It is with deep sadness we announce that Kerry passed away at home, earlier today following a battle with cancer. She was such a gifted singer and song-writer. She left more than 40 of her own songs unrecorded at her death.
Kerry had become a close friend of Susan Boyle, and in her autobiography the Britain’s Got Talent winner wrote that it was seeing Kerry on the X Factor that spurred her on to enter Britain’s Got Talent.
The two singers who came from the same area of Scotland, were due to record a song together last year, but the project was put on hold due to Kerry’s illness.
Kerry who was wheelchair bound since breaking her back in a fall as a teenager was diagnosed with cancer in September 2010 after complaining of pains in her stomach. At the time she released a statement saying she was ready to fight the disease: “I want to live, I have so much more to give.”
Last night Sharon Osbourne who mentored Kerry on the X Factor joined the tributes being paid to the singer: “So sad about Kerry McGregor’s passing. Much love and respect to her family.” Simon Cowell tweeted: “I really admired Kerry and my thoughts now go out to her friends and family.”
She is survived by her seven year old son Joshua and her partner Dean.