Simon Cowell’s ‘horror’ for Hudson

Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul have expressed their sympathy for Jennifer Hudson.

The American Idol judges – who were on the panel when Jennifer made it into the top 12 of the US TV talent show in 2004 – were “horrified” when they heard the star’s mother, brother and nephew had died following a gun attack on Friday (24.10.08).

Simon said: “I was horrified when I heard the news. This is an appalling tragedy. My thoughts right now are with Jennifer, and her family.”

Paula added: “This is a horrific tragedy and my thoughts and prayers go out to Jennifer and her entire family. The time I had to get to know Jennifer and forge a wonderful friendship with her while she was on American Idol was very special to me, and I personally can’t imagine a greater loss for any family.”

It has also been revealed Jennifer, 27, “remained strong” when she identified the body of her seven-year-old nephew Julian yesterday (27.10.08).

Sean Howard, a spokesperson for the medical examiner’s office, said: “Jennifer entered the room with her head bowed but remained strong for her family. It was very clear she was the leader.

“She held hands with her family. It was obviously a very emotional moment.”