Simon Cowell has released a statement to "Extra" regarding the deaths of "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother.
"I was horrified when I heard the news," said Simon. "This is an appalling tragedy. My thoughts right now are with Jennifer and her family."
Hudson appeared on "American Idol" in 2002. She beat out season winner Fantasia Barrino for a role in "Dream Girls" -- which landed her an Oscar.