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'Idol' champ David Cook's brother dies of brain cancer

"Idol" champ David Cook said his brother was battling with brain cancer for the last 11 years

Los Angeles, May 4: After battling brain cancer for more than a decade, American Idol winner David Cook's older brother Adam Cook has died Saturday morning, the 'Idol' champ confirmed yesterday. He was 37.

David's announces Adam's death
"Like everybody here, I'm affected by this disease. I actually lost my brother yesterday to a brain tumor, and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else right now...," David announced Sunday morning before the 12th annual Race for Hope 5K in Washington, D.C., where he was serving as grand marshal.

David, who also ran the 3.1 miles in 28 minutes at the event, added, "I lost one today, but I've gained 9,000 [friends] and I will be here every year that they will have me."

The 26-year-old singer said his brother was battling with brain cancer for the last 11 years.

An announcement on Adam's death is also posted on David's official website. "Just a quick note to let's, out of love and respect for David and his family, offer our thoughts and/or prayers, as well as our support and understanding, but otherwise please respect their privacy at this time. Thank you," the statement reads.

Adam's illness
According to a close friend of the Cook family, Julie Henricks, Adam, who had battled the disease throughout David's American Idol competition, died at his Terre Haute home, where hospice nurses were helping his wife, Kendra, care for him.

Adam had decided to stop his chemotherapy treatments early this year after it failed to help his brain cancer, which reportedly had spread to his spine.

"He was so sick and so worn out he just made that decision. That was his choice. It was because he was just so tired," said Henricks.

Adam, who was a lawyer from Terre Haute, Ind., famously cheered for his singer brother in the audience of the popular signing competition's seventh season in 2008.

Adam Cook is survived by his wife and their 7-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter.

Idol judges' condolences

'American Idol' judges Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell on Sunday offered their condolences.

"Adam Cook was a part of our extended American Idol family who supported his brother wholeheartedly, even through his own fight. My heart goes out not only to David, but his family as well," People quoted Abdul as saying.

"I was incredibly saddened to hear the news," Cowell said in a statement to People. "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."