SIMON Cowell has paid an emotional tribute to singer Carlos Marín after the Il Divo star died from Covid aged 53 in a Manchester hospital.
The Spanish singer fell ill on December 7 and was placed in a coma before his passing.
In light of the singer's tragic death, Simon, who formed Il Divo in 2003, shared a statement expressing his grief to Instagram last night.
The 62-year-old penned: "I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now.
"I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life.
"He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1.
"Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you."
Il Divo confirmed Carlos' death on their official social media channels yesterday in a statement which read: "It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away.
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"He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.
"For 17 years the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend.
"We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace. With Love — David, Sebastien and Urs."
Il Divo have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.
They pioneered operatic pop, and their live concerts have sold more than two million tickets across the globe.
Marín – who was reportedly vaccinated against coronavirus – was known to be in a serious condition when admitted to the Manchester Royal Hospital on December 8, but his organs were said to be stable, according to El Espanol.
He last posted on Instagram on December 6, in a snap alongside bandmates David Miller, Sébastien Izambard and Urs Bühler.
The foursome had been due to a show in Lisbon and another in La Coruña Spain, which had been postponed until July 15, 2022.
Just days later, they announced a delay to all performances until 2022 down to band "illness" but gave no further details.
In a statement, they said: "Unfortunately, due to illness, the remaining dates for Il Divo’s December 2021 UK tour have been postponed until December 2022.
"Il Divo are deeply sorry to their fans, but look forward to returning to the road in the new year and seeing you all in the run up to next Christmas."
Marín, who lived between Madrid and Mexico, had also been due to perform with his ex-wife Geraldine Larrosa on New Year’s Eve on Spanish state television channel TVE1.
The star and the French-born singer recorded a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody to be aired during a special on Spanish TV.
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