Simon Cowell leads tributes to Kerry McGregor

Simon Cowell has led the tributes to former 'X Factor' contestant Kerry McGregor after the wheelchair-bound singer lost her battle with bladder cancer

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Kerry McGregor

Kerry McGregor

Simon Cowell has led the tributes to former 'X Factor' contestant Kerry McGregor after she lost her battle with cancer.

The wheelchair-bound singer - who took part in the ITV1 talent show in 2006 - was diagnosed with bladder cancer two years ago and sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 37.

Simon - who was one of the judges during Kerry's stint on the show - took to twitter to offer his condolences.

He said: "I just heard the sad news about Kerry McGregor. I really admired Kerry and my thoughts now go out to all of her family & friends. (sic)"

Meanwhile, Kerry's 'X Factor' mentor Sharon Osbourne also expressed her sadness.

She tweeted: "So sad about Kerry McGregor's passing. Much love and respect to her and her family."

Before her death, Kerry - who has a seven-year-old son Joshua - had formed a close friendship with 'Britain's Got Talent' star Susan Boyle and the pair were planning to record music together.

Her manager, Ewan Gallagher, said: "This is a desperately sad time for all Kerry's friends and family. She was such a gifted singer and song-writer.

"She left more than 40 of her own songs unrecorded at her death. And she had forged a close friendship with Susan Boyle, who became very attached to Kerry because both are from West Lothian. Susan wrote in her autobiography that Kerry's appearance on 'X Factor' was what gave her the courage to appear on 'BGT'.

"The pair were about to record a duet of 'Wings To Fly', which has only appeared as a bonus track on an album released by Susan in Japan. I'm sure it would have been a huge hit and the words have such poignancy. I don't know what will happen with that project now."

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