Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell was hospitalized in Malibu, California on Saturday with a broken back after a brutal bicycle accident.
As The Hollywood Reporter reports:
Simon Cowell broke his back on Saturday afternoon while test riding his electric bicycle in Malibu, California, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The English record executive and host of America’s Got Talent is being treated in hospital and was set to have surgery.
“Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family,” a spokesperson for Cowell told THR. “He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.”
In follow-up correspondence, the spokesperson told THR, “Simon has broken his back and will be having surgery this evening.”
Cowell tweeted out a thank you to the doctors and nurses treating him as well as a warning for others considering riding an electric bike:
Some good advice…
If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time.
I have broken part of my back.
Thank you to everyone for your kind messages.
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) August 10, 2020