Former X Factor star Kerry McGregor dies of cancer

05/01/12

Kerry McGregor in wheelchair

Former X Factor contestant Kerry McGregor has died after a battle with bladder cancer.

The 37-year-old from West Lothian appeared on the third series of the show in 2006.

A spokesman said: "It is with deep sadness we announce that Kerry passed away at home, earlier today, following a battle with cancer."

During The X Factor she was mentored by Sharon Osborne in the series that was won by Leona Lewis.

Kerry went out in the third week of the live finals.

She performed in a wheelchair as a result of an accident when she was 13.

On Twitter Sharon Osbourne paid her tribute to Kerry McGregor.

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

Simon Cowell added: "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."

She had worked with several charities including Leonard Cheshire Disability and Action for Bladder Cancer.

Colin Bunce, Chair of Action for Bladder Cancer, said: "She was a truly inspirational person and we were delighted when, before Christmas, she accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for Action on Bladder Cancer."

Kerry's spokesman said the singer was rehearsing and recording until as recently as last month and was due to perform a duet with Susan Boyle this year.