'X Factor' boss loses mom

Julie Cowell passed away on Sunday, July 5 at the age of 89.

Simon and Julie Cowell

Simon Cowell's mother, Julie Cowell, passed away on Sunday, July 5 at the age of 89.

A family spokesperson confirmed the news in a statement from Julie's family. "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,'' they 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,'' they added.

Julie was a former ballet dancer and socialite and would be mourned by her four sons – Nicholas, Simon, Tony and Michael – and step-mother to John and June Cowell. Simon's brother, journalist Tony, spoke out after the news on Twitter, writing that she was "the heart and soul of our family."

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