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Cowell pays tribute to 'special' mum

Simon Cowell has paid tribute to his "very special" mother as X Factor auditions are set to begin after a break following her death.

Music mogul Cowell (right) thanked all those who had sent messages of sympathy since his mother Julie died aged 89.

Writing on Twitter, he said: "My family lost someone very special on Sunday. My Mum. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for all of the kind messages received. Thank you. X."

A family statement read: "Anyone who had met her would know what a truly special and kind lady she was. We miss her terribly, but she is now at peace."