Tragic X Factor star Kerry is laid to rest
FORMER 'X Factor' finalist Kerry McGregor was laid to rest today after losing her battle with bladder cancer.
The 37-year-old appeared on the third series of the talent show in 2006 which was eventually won by Leona Lewis. She was mentored by Sharon Osbourne and went out in the third week of the live finals.
The singer-songwriter, who lived with her partner and son in Pumpherston, West Lothian, used a wheelchair after breaking her back in an accident aged 13.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 when she was 36 and died at home last Wednesday.
A funeral service was held at Kirk of Calder in Mid Calder, West Lothian.
Ms McGregor's management company said her family had requested that any donations be made to CLIC Sargent, a children's cancer charity the singer supported.
A statement from the company said: "The family have been overwhelmed by the many kind tributes paid to Kerry and would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude."
Ms McGregor worked with several charities representing women, disabled people and children. Last month she was named as an ambassador for Action on Bladder Cancer.
Following the news of the singer's death, Ms Osbourne posted on Twitter: "So sad about Kerry McGregor's passing. Much love and respect to her and her family."
Music mogul Simon Cowell also paid tribute to Ms McGregor on Twitter: "I just heard the sad news about Kerry McGregor. I really admired Kerry and my thoughts now go out to all of her family & friends."
Ms McGregor also found fame as an actress, appearing on Grange Hill and Channel 4 series The Book Group.