[artist id="3080429"]David Archuleta[/artist] is sending his love and sympathies to [artist id="3080428"]David Cook[/artist] after news broke that the 2008 “American Idol” winner’s older brother, Adam, died of cancer over the weekend.
“It really struck me when I heard about the news of Cook’s brother,” Archuleta said in a statement. “I know they had been struggling with it for a while, so my heart really goes out to them.”
Adam, 37, had been battling brain cancer for over a decade, and Cook often paid tribute to his brother on the show. In his statement, Archuleta continued, “It’s so admirable the way he’s handling it, though, and it’s amazing to see him there as an example for millions of other people who have also been affected the same way he and his family have. I’ll be keeping him in my thoughts and prayers, and hope the Cook family stays strong.”
On Sunday at the 12th annual Race for Hope 5K run in Washington, D.C., where Cook served as grand marshal just a day after his brother died, Cook told the crowd, “I actually lost my brother yesterday to a brain tumor, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else right now. I lost one today, but I gained 9,000, and I will be here every year that they will have me.”
“Idol” judge Paula Abdul told People that Adam Cook was part of the show’s “extended family,” saying he “supported his brother wholeheartedly, even through his own fight. My heart goes out not only to David, but his family as well.”
Fellow judge Simon Cowell also had kind words for the family, telling the magazine, “I was incredibly saddened to hear the news. I met Adam Cook a few times at ‘American Idol.’ He was an incredible guy, and right now my thoughts are with David and his family.”
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