- Simon Cowell broke his back on Saturday while testing a new electronic bike at his home in California
- The creator of America's Got Talent is said to be recovering from surgery but is still under observation
- Simon, who is also a judge on the show, underwent a six-hour procedure at an unidentified hospital
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The creator of America's Got Talent, Simon Cowell, is recovering from surgery after breaking his back in a number of places. He had been testing his new electronic bicycle at his home in Malibu, California on Saturday when the incident happened.
Simon, who also serves as a judge on the show, underwent a six-hour procedure and is still under observation after the operation at an unidentified hospital. The media mogul has also been the judge on Britain's Got Talent, The X Factor and American Idol.
According to news reports, the 60-year-old's operation involved the placement of a metal rod to support the spine. Simon's partner Lauren Silverman accompanied him to hospital and has been able to see him briefly.
Sky News reports that Simon's spokesperson told entertainment website Deadline:
"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."
Simon also confirmed that he broke part of his back on his social media accounts. He also thanked the doctors and nurses who treated him. The star has also offered "some good advice".
"If you buy an electric trail bike, read the manual before you ride it for the first time."
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In other news, Briefly.co.za reported that Jay-Z decided to open his own school of music. Through his Roc Nation record label, the American superstar has teamed up with Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn to establish the Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment.
The school will offer undergraduate degrees in music, music technology, sports management, entrepreneurship and production, according to reports.
On top of the undergraduate degrees, the school will hold summer residential camps for high school students and Saturday programmes for students aged 10 to 18 years old focusing on music and sports management.
Jay-Z is one of the richest rappers in the US and he keeps proving that he is a very influential person when it comes to the country's entertainment industry.
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