Kiwi dies at X Factor audition

A New Zealander has reportedly collapsed and died while preparing for an audition for Australian talent show the X Factor.

The 33-year-old man was rehearsing his song alone in a quiet alcove when he collapsed on Friday afternoon, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

He died at nearby St Vincent's Hospital a short time later from a suspected heart issue.

Witnesses told police the man "didn't look very well" in the moments before he fell to the ground, the newspaper reported.

Police confirmed the man was a New Zealand national and had been formally identified by a relative living in Sydney.

A spokesman for FreemantleMedia, the production company behind the X Factor, described the incident as tragic.

"He collapsed late yesterday (Friday) and was treated by medics on site before being transferred by ambulance to St Vincent's Hospital."

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