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Simon Cowell returns from hospital after having a fall at his London home

Simon Cowell was rushed to hospital in a neck brace and on a stretcher around 7.30am today after having fainted and falling down the stairs in his London home.

It happened when he was enroute to his kitchen to get a cup of hot milk to help him sleep.

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He was found by members of his security team after they heard a loud noise and emergency services were called to his £12million West London home.

Paramedics arrived at the five-bed detached house shortly afterwards, but did not initially move Simon due to fears he may have broken his back.

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Simon was fitted with a red head brace — used by paramedics when they fear a patient has suffered spinal injuries — and attached to a spinal board before being stretchered into an ambulance.

He was then taken to Chelsea and Westminster NHS Hospital where, after being admitted, he was given a CT scan on his brain and MRI scans on his spine, neck and back.

He was driven back home eight hours later with what appears to be a slightly swollen face.

As he was making his way inside his home he said “I fainted and fell down the stairs. I've got concussion. I feel better now”. Although he might not be attending the first X Factor live show tomorrow night, Simon commented “I will be back but I don't know about tomorrow'.

Even after this scare he appeared to be in good spirits giving a thumbs up and thanked fans for their concern.