Pop Idol judge mourns death of son

Last updated at 12:59 06 January 2005

The eldest son of producer and Pop Idol judge Pete Waterman has died, it emerged today.

Paul Waterman, 33, died in hospital three days

ago, according to his father's official website.

A message on the site said: "On January 3, 2005

Paul peacefully passed away after a serious illness which had kept him in hospital since June."

Signed by Pete Waterman on January 4, the announcement ended: "We would like to thank everyone for their kind regards and sympathies and we hope that you will leave us to grieve our loss in private."

Paul worked for his father's music firm, PWL. Details of the 33-year-old's illness have not been released.

His death came just days after it was announced Pete, 57, was to receive an OBE for his services to music.

The millionaire writer and producer has helped create some 200 hit singles for acts including Bananarama, Kylie Minogue and Steps.

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