Sunday, May 3, 2009

adam cook dies

Adam Cook, the brother of season 7 American Idol winner David Cook, has lost his lengthy battle with brain cancer. He was 36.

The American Idol winner made the difficult announced this morning, prior to the Race for Hope 5K in Washington, D.C.

"I actually lost my brother yesterday to a brain tumor and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else right now," Cook told the crowd at the brain cancer research benefit, at which Cook served as the grand marshal and competitor, as his team had raised more than $40,000.
Adam Cook had battled the disease throughout Cook's American Idol run last year.

David started his speech on a light-hearted note before announcing to the crowd that his brother had died. Fighting back tears, he continued: “I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else right now…I lost one today, but I’ve gained 9,000. I’ll be back every year that they will have me.”

Adam had fought the disease, which spread to his spine, for 11 years. Last April, he made the trip to Hollywood to see his younger brother perform on American Idol after his hometown raised money to fly him out with a medical team on board.

David dedicated a heart-wrenching performance of Mariah Carey’s “Always Be My Baby” to his older brother that night.

Adam is survived by his wife, Kendra, and their children.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to David and his family.

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