Former celebrity judge on TV's American Idol, and later became a judge on the X Factor, known for his brutally honest approach.
He was unable to hold a steady job, so his father got him a mail room job at his company, EMI Music Publishing.
He was an English A&R executive, but became famous for his slightly mean, yet honest comments to aspiring singers.
He was engaged to marry Mezhgan Hussainy, but the couple split in 2012.
He was a judge on American Idol with pop star Paula Abdul.