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Wildlife SOS star Simon Cowell dies aged 72 after cancer battle as tributes pour in

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Wildlife SOS star Simon Cowell has died following a terminal cancer diagnosis.The 72 year old sadly passed away on Sunday, 9 June, with his daughters, partner and beloved dogs by his side.

In 2022, Simon was told that he had an "aggressive" form of lung cancer, and despite doctors not being able to tell him whether he would live for "weeks or months" he valiantly fought the disease for two years until his passing. "Simon passed away peacefully on Sunday (June 9) after a brave battle with cancer, surrounded by his daughters, his partner and his dogs." Simon leaves behind his two daughters, Lou and Gemma, and his partner, Stani.

Simon founded the Wildlife Aid Foundation in 1980 as he dedicated his life to rescuing and caring for sick and injured animals.

A lengthy statement issued on behalf of the foundation on Monday, 10 June, said: "It is with immense sadness that we announce the passing of Simon Cowell MBE, conservationist, founder and CEO of the Wildlife Aid Foundation and presenter of Wildlife SOS. "Simon passed away peacefully on Sunday (June 9) after a brave battle with cancer, surrounded by his daughters, his partner and his dogs. "Simon was one of the UK’s most respected conservationists and a passionate advocate for wildlife protection and environmental causes. "He dedicated his life to British wildlife and worked tirelessly to ensure countless injured and orphaned animals were given a second chance in the wild through rescue, clinical treatment, and rehabilitation." "His loss will be greatly felt by his loved ones, 2-legged and 4-legged, alike." Simon's devastated fans took to social media to pay tribute to the star, as one wrote under a picture of him on Instagram: "Can't find the words.

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