X Factor judge saddened by her family tragedy

Simon Cowell has expressed his sympathy for Jennifer Hudson, following the deaths of her mum, brother and nephew.

The Oscar winning actress was left devastated when the bodies of Darnell, 57, and Jason, 29, were discovered at their home in Chicago last week.

Yesterday, her seven-year-old nephew Julian King was found dead in an abandoned car. He had suffered multiple gun shot wounds.

‘What has happened is absolutely horrendous,’ Simon, 49, tells Us Weekly.

‘My thoughts go out to Jennifer and all her family. This is absolutely horrible.’

Jennifer, 27, was a contestant on season three of Simon’s show American Idol

Her brother-in-law William Balfour is currently in police custody.

Alison Adey