Simon Cowell tried to save Il Divo star Carlos Marin’s life by offering plane to fly for treatment

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Simon Cowell tried to save Il Divo star Carlos Marin’s life by offering a private jet to fly to Spain for treatment before he died of Covid, late singer’s ex-wife reveals

  • The singer fell ill from Covid on December 7 and was placed in a coma
  • He was intubated after his oxygen was ‘compromised’ as he battled the virus 
  • The band said there ‘will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos’ 


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Simon Cowell tried to save Carlos Marin’s life by offering a private jet to fly him to Spain for treatment, before he tragically died from coronavirus.  

The Il Divo singer died on December 19 aged 53, days after being hospitalised with Covid.

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Carlos was placed in a coma by doctors at Manchester Royal Hospital in England, before losing his battle with the virus.

Thoughtful: Simon Cowell tried to save Carlos Marin's life by offering a private jet to fly him to Spain for treatment, before he tragically died from coronavirus

Thoughtful: Simon Cowell tried to save Carlos Marin’s life by offering a private jet to fly him to Spain for treatment, before he tragically died from coronavirus

And the late star’s ex-wife, Geraldine Larrosa, has revealed the X Factor boss – who put together the classical crossover group for his Syco label in 2003 – was a huge support in the days leading to her husband’s death.

Speaking to Spanish publication Hola!, Geraldine said: ‘Simon Cowell personally phoned the hospital and offered to help with anything.

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‘To help him, send him a plane in case they could fly [to Spain] sooner.

Tragic: The Il Divo singer died on December 19 aged 53, days after being hospitalised with Covid (pictured 2005)

Tragic: The Il Divo singer died on December 19 aged 53, days after being hospitalised with Covid (pictured 2005) 

‘But it was impossible. He was very sick and he would not have survived the pressure of the plane.’

Simon has been left ‘devastated’ by his friend’s passing.

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The television personality, 62, said in a touching tribute to the star: ‘I am finding this so difficult to put into words how I feel right now.

Speaking out: And the late star's wife, Geraldine Larrosa revealed the X Factor boss was a huge support in the days leading to her husband's death (pictured in October)

Speaking out: And the late star’s wife, Geraldine Larrosa revealed the X Factor boss was a huge support in the days leading to her husband’s death (pictured in October)

‘I am devastated Carlos Marin has passed away. He loved life. He loved performing and always had so much appreciation towards the fans who supported the group from day 1. Rest in peace Carlos. I will miss you.’

Il Divo – which also features Urs Buhler, David Miller, and Sebastien Izambard – had shared the news of Carlos’ passing on their social media accounts.

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Talented: Simon put together the classical crossover group for his Syco label in 2003 (pictured left to right; Carlos Marin, David Miller, Sebastien Izambard, and Urs Buhler in 2004)

Talented: Simon put together the classical crossover group for his Syco label in 2003 (pictured left to right; Carlos Marin, David Miller, Sebastien Izambard, and Urs Buhler in 2004)

They wrote: ‘It is with heavy hearts that we are letting you know that our friend and partner, Carlos Marin, has passed away. 

‘He will be missed by his friends, family and fans. There will never be another voice or spirit like Carlos.

‘For 17 years the four of us have been on this incredible journey of Il Divo together, and we will miss our dear friend. We hope and pray that his beautiful soul will rest in peace. With Love — David, Sebastien and Urs (sic)’.

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Announcement: Confirming his death on social media, bandmates David Miller, Sébastien Izambard and Urs Bühler insisted there will 'never be another voice' like his

Announcement: Confirming his death on social media, bandmates David Miller, Sébastien Izambard and Urs Bühler insisted there will ‘never be another voice’ like his 

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