X Factor star Freddie Combs has tragically died aged 49 from kidney failure.

The singer, who appeared on the US version of Simon Cowell's hit TV talent show, was said to be surrounded by family and friends when he died at a hospital in Florida, TMZ have reported.

It comes after his wife Kay said that he had been shedding weight over the past 11 years, losing an incredible 37 stone after going from 64 stone to 27 stone.

Paying tribute to Freddie, Kay told the publication: "I have so much gratitude to be his wife for 25 years and to be his best friend."

Freddie shed an incredible 37 stone over 11 years

He first appeared on The X Factor during the second series of the US version, wowing Simon and L.A. Reid with his rendition of 'Wind Beneath My Wings'.

Freddie, from North Carolina, was offered a chance on the show so long as he got healthy and was able to leave his wheelchair, which he vowed to do.

Simon had told him: "I don't believe you deserve to be stuck in this chair. I'll back you if you back yourself."

Freddie shed an incredible 37 stone over 11 years

The singer had opened up ahead of his performance in 2012, saying: "I was bedridden and never came out of the house.

"My music was never heard. My biggest dream would be to give hope to people who are my size. I hope the judges will look past my exterior and give a fat boy a chance."

Britney Spears had also appeared as a judge during his audition and described his voice as "shockingly amazing".

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