Amanda Holden pays tribute as BGT star David Watson 'dies aged 62'

Britain’s Got Talent star David Watson, who auditioned for the show 12 times, has ‘died aged 62’, with judge Amanda Holden paying tribute.

Throughout the years, Watson became a fan favourite on the ITV series, performing celebrity impressions and magic on the main stage in an effort to impress the judges and viewers.

According to a report, the performer has died, with police reportedly finding him at his home in Altrincham, Manchester last Thursday.

It’s said that the police broke into the property after members of his family expressed concern over him not replying to messages or phone calls.

A source reportedly told The Sun said: ‘His family couldn’t get hold of him for a few days.

‘He wasn’t picking up and his WhatsApp messages were all still unread.’

It’s said that the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Watson was a close friend of Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell, with the pair said to have frequented The Brook pub in his local area on a weekly basis.

After hearing of Watson’s death, Holden shared a tribute on her Instagram Story, posting a picture of him on the BGT stage.

‘So sad to hear that @davidjwatsonbgt has passed away,’ she wrote.

‘He was always up for a laugh and such a good sport on @bgt. We will miss him.’

One BGT fan expressed their sadness over the report, tweeting: ‘Such sad news about David Watson! He was such a good sport when on More Talent with @StephenMulhern.’

Watson first appeared on the series in 2008, performing impressions of Tony Blair, William Hague, and David Blunkett.

Following later performances that saw him dress up as the Hulk and try his hand at magic, in 2020, he made it through to the second round, with David Walliams and Alesha Dixon calling the act his ‘best audition yet’.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, Watson previously explained why he returned to BGT year after year, saying: ‘I just love being on the show.

‘To be on TV is very good because I get recognised in the Trafford Centre and people ask me for a selfie – I feel pretty honoured about it.’ has contacted ITV, Britain’s Got Talent and Greater Manchester Police for comment.

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