Simone was one of Simon‘s favorite contestants that year and despite criticism from the rest of the judging panel, he kept her on his team and brought her into the finals.
“I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It’s such a loss. Rest in peace Simone,” he tweeted.
Cheryl Cole, who was a judge on the show briefly during the audition rounds, also commented on the death.
“Such tragically sad news to hear of the passing of Simone battle.. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones #RIPSimone,” she tweeted.