David Cook’s Brother Adam Cook Succumbs to Cancer

David Cook’s brother, Adam Cook died early this morning after a decade-long battle with brain cancer.

David announced the sad news this morning after he finished a 5K in the Race for Hope in Washington DC.

Adam died at 1 am this morning, in a hospice in Terre Haute, IN, surrounded by family and friends. David couldn’t get there in time unfortunately, but he was able to honor his brother’s memory by running the 5K today. David’s team has raised thousands of dollars for cancer research.

Thoughts and prayers go out to David and his family at this difficult time.

You can still donate for the Race for Hope HERE.  And check out the VFTW auction HERE.   All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Video of David making the announcement at the race this morning, after the JUMP…

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  • St.Lucia

    I’m so sad to hear that news. :(

    My thoughts are with David and his family. Even when you know something is coming you can never quite prepare yourself for it when it happens.

  • CathyMK

    Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m so sad to hear about Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s passing. I hate it when young people die. Ità ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s just so wrong. My thoughts and prayers are with David and his family.

    And, what kind of superhuman strength does David Cook have, to be able do his show, fly to his familyà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s side (if that article in the Headlines thread is correct), then make it back east in time to participate in the run? I hope he can get some time to rest and grieve soon, poor guy.

  • 2dogs

    What sad news. My heart goes out to David and his family.

  • MN Sue

    David and his family will be in my prayers.

  • luckeee55

    So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the Cook family today.

  • Jolene

    RIP Adam Cook. My heart broke a little when I heard. We knew it was coming, but the timing, what with the Race of Hope and all… It shocked me to the core. I guess I was somehow still hoping for a miracle.
    I’m full of appreciation and awe at David’s strength, to go ahead and run the race in the wake of such shattering news. My thoughts are with him and his family, as are my condolences.

  • BootStar

    How very sad. David, we love you and are working with you to find a cure for this horrible, horrible disease.

  • hollygo9

    I wish I had something really wise and profound to say but I don’t. I just hope they are all doing okay.

  • cookcricket

    I’m so sad to read this. My and my family’s prayers go out to David and his family. I agree CathyMK, I hope he has time to grieve properly.

  • movin2thabeet

    MJ, Thanks for including the link to the Race for Hope. For those who have not yet donated, I can think of no better way to offer your condolences to David and his family than to help this group that is working for a cure, one that David ran in, even on this day of profound grief.

    My love and prayers go to David and his entire extended family of loved ones.

  • KrazeeK120

    Oh my goodness, how sad. Thoughts and prayers with the Cook family today.

  • leome

    My thoughts are with David and his family. So sad.

    Using David’s expression, there’s something kinda poetic in running with all those people and help the fight against cancer the day he loses his brother. That’s inspirational.

  • cookmerized

    We love you David and will keep you in our thoughts and in our hearts. The way you handle yourself in the face of all your pain is a source of inspiration to all of your fans. You have become much much more than simply our American Idol.

  • Layla

    My thoughts and prayers go out to David and his family. You can never prepare for such sadness and grief. The grieving process is long and hard. I hope David finds the time he needs to be with his family soon. My heartfelt condolences.

  • BootStar

    Radar has a little more information:

    After a long and valiant struggle with brain cancer, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“American Idolà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  winner David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s brother Adam died at 1 a.m. this morning at a hospice in Terre Haute, IN.

    A family friend told RadarOnline.com exclusively, à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Adam passed away peacefully.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“He was surrounded by his family, including his wife Kendra, his children, his father and his step-mom, among others.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    David was rushing back on a jet when his beloved brother died.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“The family thought that Adam would go much sooner than this, actually,à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬  said the Cook family friend.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“Thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s why David left his tour a few weeks back so that he could be with Adam.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“They said their goodbyes then.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    But Adam, 36, rallied briefly after thatà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦and David returned to his concert tour.

    à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã…“He took a turn for the worse this weekend and David rushed to get home.à ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ 

    But sadly he couldnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t make it in time.

  • Jackfan143

    my thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cook Family

  • AmandaRae2512

    Oh my goodness! How very sad! I just saw him concert recently too. He seemed so happy then. My heart is breaking for all of them right now.

  • weareallinnocent

    Heartbreaking. Thoughts and prayers for David and his family.

  • colette

    “There goes my hero, watch him as he goes
    There goes my hero
    He’s ordinary…..”

    RIP Adam Cook

  • downeast

    One of the really amazing things about David Cook is that he never, ever used his brother’s illness as part of his back story to troll for votes, or as an excuse if he had a less than stellar performance.

    Very, very, very classy. I wish more contestants would follow his example, and that of his family.

  • hypertwink

    It explains many things. The Vlog freakout, the seemingly low energy during Idol, the melancholic aura…I had a suspicion that him flying to Adam’s side and the three Cook Bros hanging out was a goodbye of sorts. I’ve heard of many families who do that when a patient turns for the worse.

    RIP Adam

  • hardkandy

    This is so sad… may he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with David and his family :(

  • http://www.myspace.com/jmomsblog J

    My heart and prayers also go to David and family. Adam was so young.

  • amnicr

    The fact that David had the inner strength to run that 5K, to be surrounded by people searching for a cure in the midst of losing his brother…. that speaks volumes about his character. I was actually really shocked when I found out the news this morning and I am so sad for him and his family. RIP Adam. I’ll be keeping the Cook family in my thoughts and prayers.

  • listen

    Sad news indeed.

    My thoughts are with David and the entire Cook family.

  • Victoria

    I’m praying for David and his family. So sad. That’s incredibe that he still ran this morning.

  • Chipmunk

    That’s really sad news. Stay strong Cook

  • daenarys

    I said this in the news thread, but I think it belongs here:

    [From the Radar article] So David made his peace with Adam. No wonder he hasnà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t sung Permanent since. And heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s only sung A Daily AntheM once after at the surprise concert for his high school, which took his whole band and Ryan Star to help him. And then after finding out his brother had finally passed on, he breaks his tour to run miles in the rain to raise funds for a cure that will now never help a beloved brother. And then he tells the Race organisers that any time they want him back, heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s there.

    I always crack jokes about being a David Cook fan. Today Ià ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢m not laughing. I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t care if he never wins a Grammy or sells another record or ever gets dropped by his label. Heà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s officially My Hero.

  • Jolene

    This picture from the race today breaks my heart.

    I must be masochistic, but I want to hear David’s words at the end of the race when he was addressing the teams, and what he had to say after his announcement. Hopefully it’ll turn up.

  • Natasha

    I remember the night Adam was in the audience to hear his brother sing. I’m so sad to hear this news.

  • Dr. Tracey

    Such sad news. My thoughts and prayers to David and his family.

  • Tracy

    Terrible news! My thoughts go out to David and his family.

  • leome

    Here is David’s speech today at The Race For Hope.

  • GeminiDolly

    Such sad news to read. My deepest sympathy to David and his family.

  • sbalk017

    (I put on Permanant as soon as I read the post and started crying.)

    I don’t know how David handles all of this. My thoughts are with him and his family. To have the ability to run a 5k today… truly remarkable. He was much too young to die. Adam will live on through David and his music and the people that were touched by him.

  • nhd

    Leome, that video make me cry..

    He ended by saying that he lost one today, but he gained 9000 more…awwww..

  • ozarka

    I was so saddened to hear the news. Giving out warm thoughts and hugs to David and his family.

  • wellhesback

    I posted my reaction in the headlines thread but it’s more appropriate here. (I agree this explains why David seemed low energy at his Idol appearance – that was taped right around the time he canceled the two shows; but he never mentioned anything personal ever as a way to get sympathy):

    Oh I am so sad to hear about David Cookà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s brother. Yes, I donà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢t know him personally, but I am still so sad & send love & prayers to him and his family. My father died from a brain tumor and I gladly donated to this Run Cook participated in today to raise money for a cure. DC must have known this was coming when he cancelled those two shows. One wonders if that was the last time he saw his brother.

    A poignant thing for David Cook to do on this day – to help raise over $100,000 to this cause. I hope he and Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s family can feel all the love and support being sent out to them.

  • miknge

    So sad for David. Stay strong, David. I really have so much respect for him. :'(

  • http://www.myspace.com/gundomom CarieB

    My heart goes out to David and his entire family in this incredibly sad time. Rest in Peace, AC.

  • jumpstart

    Condolences to David and his entire family. My heart is breaking for them all.

  • Garnetstar

    Thoughts and prayers go out to David, Adam’s family especially his wife and two young children.

    That video really got to me. Let’s Celebrate Adam’s life. Donate to the cause. Even if it is just a dollar.

  • movin2thabeet

    “I’ve lost one today, but I’ve gained 9,000.” – David Cook

  • MagazineFreak

    Here’s my video from the Race:


    I went today with Team David Cook and it was a great event, despite the weather. The organizers for the team were amazing and it was a wonderful event.

    Needless to say, we were all pretty moved and shocked by the speech.

  • Jolene

    OMG, that announcement. :cry_wp:

  • wellhesback

    I just watched the video of Cook’s speech at the Race for Hope, through my tears. What a beautiful man he is.

  • weareallinnocent

    The video got to me too.

    How inspired David must have been. Races do that to you, particularly those for causes near to your heart. Running at just over a 9-minute mile pace is nothing to sneeze at, David, particularly if you’re not a runner!

    Nice job, beautiful legacy.

  • tierbee

    I was there at the race today too… we stayed to hear David speak and (my 5 yr old & I) and were shocked and saddened too by David’s speech. He never ceases to amaze me, not only that he showed up at all but that he ran in the race in the pouring rain and from what I saw of him was as kind to his fans as ever… It was a great event, an inspiration, and my heart goes out to David and his family for their loss.

  • tierbee

    And I just wanted to add that my 5 year old son was so very proud to be on “Team Cook” and after David told everyone about his brother (and I helped him understand what he said) my son just turned me to me and said, “I love David Cook, Mommy.” I hope some of all of the love that his fans have for him, and the difference that he was able to make this weekend in inspiring those fans to raise so much money for this cause, offers him a little bit of comfort in this difficult time.

  • judy

    Adam fought such a courageous battle. David honoring his brother by being at that race today is an inspiration.

  • daenarys

    He cracked joke after joke like everything was normal, and then just dropped the bomb right in the middle, and almost lost himself. That was so hard to watch.

  • Victoria

    Thanks for posting the video, MagazineFreak and Leome. I was hoping it would turn up. I’m still amazed that he got up and ran this morning. Wow.

  • LK09

    My prayers go out to the Cook family. David has handled this with grace.

  • meme

    My heart and prayers go out to the Cook family.

  • Lu

    David is doing a very wonderful thing by being at the race today. I’m sure his brother Adam would be very proud of him. Geesh… when are we ever going to cure cancer??? Prayers to DC and his family – especially Adam’s children… I’m choking up thinking about them.

  • myra

    Thoughts and Prayers to David and his family. God Bless them all.

  • TwigLA

    Thank you Leome for posting the video link. I didn’t want to post anything until I was certain it wasn’t a rumor.

    I must say that when I first read the words, I teared up to the point of sobbing. This is something that touches all but the coldest heart. My heart goes out to the family of Adam Cook along with my thoughts and prayers.

    David Cook is a true American Idol. That he would honor his pledge to such a noble cause in the midst of his grief and while the wound is still so incredibly fresh speaks volumes of his character. How he got through that speech is beyond me. The running is something I would do – it’s cathartic.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    Prayers to David and his family. Sad, sad news.

  • houstonrufus

    I was so sad when I heard this. My deepest sympathies to David and the Cook family.

  • terps

    Knowing a 2 time cancer survivor (my uncle) and someone who lost the battle (my grandmother) I’m honored to know there is a voice like David Cooks out there not letting people forget about this horrible thing. Weather you liked him on the show or not you can’t help but be proud of how he is useing his new found celebrity status. I hope he continues his cause because it’s a good one, and he did what Adam would of wanted him to do which is make people mire aware of this disease. RIP Adam

  • Jolene

    The video (and story) is on the front page of TMZ. I really really hope the media is kind and considerate towards David and the family’s privacy during this time.

  • bjesgirl

    So sad. This is the worst way to lose someone. Slowly and inevitably, and having no power to stop it. My heart really goes out to David and his family. RIP, Adam.

  • hollygo9

    Here is Davidà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s speech today at The Race For Hope.

    I kind of hate myself for watching that.

  • shell29

    Just saw the pic and the video from the race…bless Dave’s heart. :sad_tb: My thoughts and prayers are with Dave and his family today. I’m grateful that Adam was able to live long enough to see his brother realize his dreams. Stay strong David, and R.I.P. Adam.

  • golcook

    David is just a great human being, his sense of commitment don’t go away even in the worst situations, he finished the race and even talked with grace with that huge pain going on. We all know he loves his brothers so much and I can only imagine what is to lose a beloved one, my prayers are with you and all your family, and just know there are many many fans of yours that love you so so much. Rest In Peace Adam Cook. :(

  • Tess

    Because I’ve been there….David speaking out and going public with his announcement and grief will really help him through these first difficult days….

    The quiet time will come later just as it did with Jennifer Hudson.

    And just because I can and I’m pretty sure the Cook family feels the same way…Thank You to the wonderful hospice workers who really step up to the plate when life gets really rough. They are the angels that surround us during the tough final time.

    Memories…one of the blessings of life.

  • nhd

    Here’s another video DC speech at The Race For Hope.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmizGmyc6Hw ..he was so brave in his speech.

  • http://dcmjlive.wordpress.com dcmjlive

    The man has a great spirit. He tried to keep composure with each slight joke but after a while, the news came just like that and he still tried to cope with it despite the fact that he was delivering it. And I’m so happy he finds solace in the 9000 other people there.

    I hope David gets to move on well and that Adam will rest in peace. Condolence David!

  • mahrikka

    What a beautiful way for David to honor his brother and family. It’s also beautiful Adam’s family was able to surround him with love while he passed. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • kimberann

    My sweet amazing dear one…

    Words completely fail me. I don’t know what to say or do, I am in a complete puddle or tears. David is the best idol ever and I feel so bad for him. :glurps_tb:

  • EmmaJK

    Thanks for posting the videos of David’s speech. Don’t think I can watch that more than once. Broke my heart. The kind of strength it took for him to go ahead with the events this morning… he’s really amazing.

    Thanks to MJ, too, for the link to donate. I’ve donated previously, but gave a little more this morning.

    daenarys – your post was beautiful and made me cry.

  • bean99

    Very sad news. I’m sorry to hear about Adam.

  • CFIdolsfan

    I’ll be praying for him. I recently lost an aunt to cancer as well, so I know the pain and grief that hits. Praying for comfort and support for him and his family.

  • thedingoateyobaby

    goddamn cancer. I HATE it. I HATE it.

    Sympathies of course. Losing a sibling is like nothing else. All deaths are different but a sibling……it just sucks.

    The next effing time I complain about my life someone just slap me silly.

  • FolkFan

    Thoughts and prayers are with DC and his family. It’s amazing that he found the strength to go out and do the race and that speech, but what a great way to honor his brother.

  • anna in vegas

    May God bless the Cook family. RIP Adam and know that you were dearly loved by many, especially your brother David.

  • Lisa

    Thank You MJ & nhd for that great vid, man I hate even saying that right now.

    My prayers to David & his family & anyone else going through this terrible disease. I lost my father to it over 20 years ago. From my family to you David, Thank You for taking up the cause.

  • jersey

    Thoughts and prayers to David and his family.

  • JNM

    Thoughts and prayers to his family. Very sad.

  • sayxwhat

    I honestly teared up over this video. David is such a genuine person. He just comes accross as a big hearted, and extremely caring. It’s just terrible to know what he’s gone through. May Adam rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers out to the Cook family.

  • Davidx2

    My sympathy to David and his family at this sorrowful time. As many have already said, for David to still show up the the race this morning exhibited a lot of strength, class and grace.

  • gingerly

    I sorta thought we’d see a soggy David today. I just didn’t know it would be for this reason, and I didn’t know I’d be soggy too. He’s so strong in the face of his great sorrow. He’s an amazing person. I pray for strength and comfort for Adam’s family and friends.

  • cacity87

    My heart goes out to David and his family. I could see that his brother means a lot to him and this pain is surely so difficult to bear.

    I am sure his brother’s death motivated him even more to run that race as hard and as fast as he could. David you are a strong man. God bless you and your family.

  • RubySlippers

    This breaks my heart.
    Lots of prayers and hugs to David and family.

    He is a true Idol, in every sense of the word.

  • kimberann

    He is my angel. I will leave the light on for Dave.

  • Niall

    Sad news for the Cook family. I just hope the fans know their place and don’t try to make his loss THEIR loss by doing anything intrusive. At the end of the day this is a personal loss, despite how publicly it sometimes played out.

  • steve

    3 words-great american idol

  • Ellie2

    My deepest sympathies to the Cook family.

  • Suzanne

    Thanks for letting us know, MJ. I really feel for David.

  • clearone

    My thoughts and prayers are with David and his family.

    Adam was much too young. May he rest in peace.

  • http://www.myspace.com/gwendolyndiane GwendolynD

    So sad….

    Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • ggdoorsfan

    My deepest sympathies to David Cook and the Cook family on hearing this sad news… had a much loved uncle who passed away of the same disease many years ago… his brother’s passing brought to mind this poem my uncle requested be read at his memorial… it gave me hope and comfort then, and i post it only in the hope that some can draw hope and comfort from these moving words now.

    Sunset and evening star… And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea. But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep… Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For though from out our bourne of Time and Place…. The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face…. When I have crossed the bar.

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  • ealbino

    :cry_wp: R.I.P. Adam

  • pixie659

    I started to cry too, just like a lot of you, when I read the news about Adam Cook. What a brave battle he fought and unfortunately, lost.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Cook family for their devastating loss.

    I have an 18 year-old cousin who has been battling brain cancer since she’s 7. I gladly donated thinking of both her and Adam, hoping they would win their battles against this terrible disease. It is over for Adam, but here’s hoping we can make a difference in the lives of others.

  • duncan

    Very sad news.

  • reinharv

    My heart just weeps for David. He is truly an incredible person and a true role model. His resolve to do what he can to raise money in hope of curing this awful disease makes him more than just an American Idol. He is my idol. He has an incredible heart and so much compassion and love. He still wears that bracelet for Lindsay Rose after all this time. He really does touch your soul in so many ways. Running in this race and promising to run every year if invited shows us what this man is made of, especially having just learned of his brother’s passing a few hours ago. I know he will cherish the few days he spent with this brother a few weeks ago and said goodbye.

    I know just how terrible this disease is because I too lost my father to this very same disease. We love you David Cook and my thoughts and prayers are with you and Adam’s family.

  • karrahbrooke

    This completely breaks my heart. I first saw this on ew.com and I gasped, and then teared up. I first connected with David when I found out about his brother, because my grandfather was dying of liver cancer at the time. He actually died on the night that David sang Billie Jean. I feel for David and I hope he knows how much his fans like myself love and support him.

  • Keel

    I really feel for David and his family, especially Kendra, Adam’s wife, and their two kids. What a horrible, horrible disease and I really admire David and his family for doing what they can to help eradicate the disease in the midst of all their pain.

  • Tina1

    I am so saddened by this news. I don’t even know what to say, except that David and his family are in my prayers. Watching that video was truly heartbreaking. :(

  • abbysee

    My condolences to David and his family on Adam’s passing. RIP Adam.

  • nad

    This broke my heart. My heart goes out to David Cook and his family. He is truly a classy guy.

  • breakdown

    So sorry to hear this sad news.

  • primeminister

    I’m so sad to hear this. Thoughts and prayers go out to the Cooks.

  • RemusL

    My sincerest condolences to David and his family. I hope they may find comfort in treasured memories of happier times.

  • Trina

    Try watching his Always Be My Baby performance and try not crying :sad_tb:

  • proudmom

    So sad. I hope David and his family find comfort during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    So sad….my thoughs are with him and his family…

  • shirley6700

    My prayers and thoughts go out to David and his family. I remember seeing Adam on American Idol and thinking how wonderful that was. May fond memories of a beloved brother and son sustain the family during this difficult time.

  • cheesehead

    RIP Adam Cook :sad_tb:

  • wordnerdarchie

    Here is another close-up view of David’s speech at Race For Hope.


  • Jocelin

    Sunset and evening starà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea. But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deepà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦ Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For though from out our bourne of Time and Placeà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to faceà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬ ¦. When I have crossed the bar.

    Alfred, Lord Tennyson

    I loved this.

    R.I.P. Adam Cook

    David Cook is a private individual whose heart and emotions are transparent in how he conducts himself- which in itself is admirable.

    My condolences to David Cook and his family.

  • blissful

    I was hoping that those cancelled shows did not have anything to do with Adam. Sigh.

    Sending out thoughts and prayers for all of them.

  • calimari

    So sad. I’m glad that David got to see what his brother has accomplished though.

  • ettacandy

    Such dignity, grace and class in the face of tragedy.

    Thoughts to the Cook family at this sad time.

  • SpencerB

    Wow… This is a really sad time for him. My thoughts and prayers go out to David and his family, in their time of need. I’m going to listen to “Always Be My Baby” later. And then I might cry.

  • spencer

    My thoughts and prayers are with David and his family.

  • tinawina

    I don’t even know him, but I still felt like crying. I’m sorry for the whole family. I can only imagine what Beth, not to mention Adam’s wife and kids, are going through right now. My condolences to everyone.

  • Seachange

    So difficult to express sadness, sympathy and admiration. I can only say amen to what everyone here has said.

  • Jolene

    I don’t think I’ll ever be able to listen to Permanent again.
    No wonder David hasn’t played it in weeks.

  • Chuck_Bass

    My thoughts and prayers are with David and his family in this difficult time.

  • Hoppy

    David Cook continues to be a class act, through and through.

    What heartbreaking news to wake up to this morning (and am only finding the time to comment on it now). Adam is no longer suffering, but I can’t imagine how devastating this is for the Cook family right now. My thoughts are definitely with them.

    I have no doubt, however, that this a very strong group of people and while they will never get over the loss, they will get through this.

  • May

    That Tennyson poem is beautiful. I’m really proud of David for going through with the race during such a difficult time. A truly amazing person. My thoughts are with him and his family.

  • luci

    Yeah it is really sad because we all saw him at idol and saw what david felt for adam. It true I don’t even know him but my heart really goes out to him and his family. rest in peace adam

  • hypertwink

    The poem that I always associate with death is very bleak but for me, it captures the depth of sorrow that one feels when you lose someone you love.

    Funeral Blues, W. H. Auden

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

  • weareallinnocent

    Thank you for sharing that hypertwink.

  • piperlily

    I’m touched just as everyone else. David’s such a classy, wonderful, lovely person. He was my fave last year and I was so excited to see him to the win. And to learn about his ill brother, and now… to hear the news the morning he runs for Hope… My heart goes out to David and all the Cook family. May Adam be at peace. And I pray that the Cooks feel the love and comforting thoughts we all send out to them.

  • lovegoodmusic

    My loving thoughts and prayers are with David Cook and his family. May peace be with them.

  • Ashley19

    It was very inspirational and brave of David to run the race this morning.
    It broke my heart to hear the news. :sad_tb:

    Rest in Peace, Adam Cook.

  • annabelina

    I didn’t cry initially when I read the headline, but I was pretty shocked. I guess with all the great things coming from David’s win, I naively always assumed Adam would make it, but of course, this is reality, not television. That said, I’m happy to hear he was able to say goodbye.

    I didn’t start crying until I started reading everyone’s comments because everything I could remember from the past year relating to David and his brother started coming back to me … his triumphant performance of “Always Be My Baby”, the tears that followed, and all of us fans knowing that Adam was there, even if they never mentioned it on the show … after his win, watching the media constantly ask him how his brother was doing, and hearing his constant, but polite answer of “He’s doing fine, thank you for asking” … hearing him sing “My Hero” in dedication of Adam many times from his hometown visit and throughout tour … when he announced during tour that Adam was getting better … having “Permanent” and “A Daily AntheM” make the album’s cut …

    Handling his new found celebrity status, his music, and his brother’s illness couldn’t have been easy, but as many have said, David always handled it grace, dignity, and tremendous amount of strength. He’s not only a very classy “Idol”, but an amazing person. My thoughts and best wishes go out to him and his family.

  • SashaB

    David Cook is a class act. His courage and bravery are incredible. To be at the race that morning and lend his support, presence and name for cancer research is remarkable.

    My heartfelt sympathies for the entire Cook family. My heart breaks for Adam’s children who lost their father last night and his wife. So sad.

  • templeton

    Can not watch that video right now. All choked up reading the lovely poems and posts here. I feel so badly for the entire Cook clan. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Also, to echo others here, what a class act David is.

  • searay

    So very sad. My heart goes out to David and his family.

  • andie16

    Carrie Underwood just post a blog at her web site sending her prayers out to david cook and his family

  • Trina

    Chris Daughtry twittered, twice actually

    My heart and prayers go out to David Cook and his family

    David Cooks brother passed away…for those who don’t know. Pass the love his way please

    Aw Chris.

  • Jolene

    Daughtry, Jordin and Archie all twittered about it, sending their support as well.

    I don’t think this has been linked. People ran two stories about Adam, the 1st one is what we already know, the 2nd story has some new quotes from the co-chair of Race for Hope, Jeff Kolodin.

    After the grim announcement, Cook put on a brave face, says Kolodin. “He spent his entire day hugging survivors, signing autographs for them, taking pictures. He did this for hundreds of people in a very chaotic setting. “He shared his very private moment with thousands,” Kolodin continues. “He was willing to put his personal, raw emotion out there, knowing he was being filmed. He’s a heck of a person.”

  • oceana

    I am sorry for David and his family. I lost my brother to cancer when he was 40. He was also a husband and father. It’s so hard to lose people who are young.

    That is so kind of Chris Daughtry and the others who reached out. How moving that David was running in that race for cancer this morning. He helped raised tens of thousands for the cause. Very sad. His love for his brother was very obvious. They sound like a close family.

  • Jolene

    David’s team has now raised over 100K.
    Wonderful to have a positive outlet on a day like this.

  • yeahyeahsure

    RIP Adam Cook. :( My heart goes out to him and his family.

  • sma11ie

    Cannot stop crying… my prayers are with the entire family. DC is amazing.

  • Grammie Kari

    This is so very sad. My prayers and thoughts are extended to the Cook family for this tremendous loss. Losing a sibling at such a young age is so difficult.

    RIP Adam Cook.

    Anthony Fedorov also lost his brother to cancer a short time after the Idol tour ended.

  • Trina

    Paula and Simon speak..
    Simon Cowell Calls Adam Cook an ‘Incredible Guy’

    :cry_wp: for some reason Simon’s words got me.

  • Michelle

    Such sad news…my heart goes out to David’s family and friends.

  • FolkFan

    There is a virtual candlelighting site with a group set up as a tribute to DC and his family. For those who would like to participate go to:


    and search groups for DC=LO

    There are instructions in how to light a candle, which will remain lit for 48 hours.

  • ShariG

    Oh, this makes me so sad. I hadn’t heard. I am so sorry for David and His extraoridinary family. My heart goes out to Kendra and Adam’s children. He has put up such a long fight. God bless him. My prayers to David and his family as they deal with this loss.

  • cookcricket

    Wow, I can’t get on DCO once again! I’m listening to Permanent right now. Will he ever sing this again? I’m so sad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    Ryan Seacrest also twittered about Adam ´s death:

    Adam cook, david’s brother lost his battle to cancer…he was a fighter.

    my thoughts are with david cook and his family…very sorry to hear about his brother

  • cookcricket

    Jabkmc May 3rd, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Oh. :glurps_tb: My heart broke a little bit with the news of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s passing. God speed, Adam. My prayers are with you and your family, David.

    When someone you love becomes a memory,
    the memory becomes a treasure.

    This sentiment is beautiful Jabkmc, thank you!!!!

    I wanted to bring this sentiment over from headlines with my own response in bold.

    FolkFan May 3rd, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    There is a virtual candlelighting site with a group set up as a tribute to DC and his family. For those who would like to participate go to:


    and search groups for DC=LO

    There are instructions in how to light a candle, which will remain lit for 48 hours.

    Thanks Folkfan! I’ve registered and tried to light a candle, but can’t quite figure out how to do so. I’ll try again tomorrow!

  • blmetsfan

    Edited: already posted.

  • BlankSlate

    Dear David: If you’re out there… our hearts weep with yours. May Adam’s life and memory be a blessing to you. I wish you and your family strength in your days of sorrow ahead.

  • weelassie

    Adam’s light will always shine on through the love of his brother and his family. Love you Cookie and admire the love you shared with your brother and the quiet love you showed with the initials on your guitar and on your shirts when we didn’t even know anything about Adam’s illness. May Adam rest in peace.

  • Skylark

    Oh, I just heard this sad news. My thoughrs are with David Cook and his family.

    That video, I have never been more impressed with anything he’s done.

  • I want pizza

    :O Im just reading this. Oh Dave Cook, my heart goes out to you and your family

  • sunchick

    Damn. Got in very late last night from Sunfest, and after two days of sunshine and music and an amazing intense concert experience celebrating David’s talent with 10,000 other lucky, happy people, this is not the post I was expecting to make. Talk about highs and lows…what that family must be going though breaks my heart. Though I don’t know them personally, the love the brothers Cook shared is very apparent and immortalized in David’s music. I would say I can’t think of a more fitting tribute to Adam, but then there was the Race for Hope. It takes a courageous, strong person to hold to hope in the face of pain and loss. Deepest sympathy to David and the rest of Adam’s family.

  • BootStar

    Bringing this over from David’s thread at TWoP. (Forgive me if this was already posted, but I didn’t see it.)

    Video: David Cook On His Brother’s Death


  • Tamarynd

    I didn’t go on line to read the blog this past weekend. I heard this awful news for the first time this morning from the radio.

    My deepest condolences to Cook and his family for their loss, as well as my thoughts and prayers. :glurps_tb:

  • AInoob

    I respect the strength it took for David to deliver that speech yesterday. My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Cook family, thinking about those poor kids who lost their father breaks my heart. I hope David is given time to mourn privately and that his privacy is respected.

  • IndyMuse

    I wanted to add my condolences to David and to Adam’s family. What an amazing thing he did yesterday in giving to all the survivors all day and continuing on with the race. I hope it aids in his own healing. Someone at DCO suggested maybe the timing of the death was so Adam could run with David yesterday. I can’t even say that without tearing up.

  • ohnonotagain

    David’s blog on My Space

    Monday, May 04, 2009

    I wanted to write everyone and say a few things, in light of recent events, to dispel any misinformation that may be circulating and to say thank you on behalf of my family and myself to everyone who has shown even the slightest bit of support to us and our efforts as a family to help eradicate this terrible affliction.

    My brother, Adam, passed away at 11:52pm Eastern, May 2nd. He was 37 years old and leaves behind his wife and two children. We had played Sunfest in West Palm Beach that night, walking off stage at approximately 11:00pm Eastern, and I rushed to get on a plane to fly to Washington D.C., to be a part of the Race For Hope-D.C., a fundraiser for research and development of a cure for brain cancer. I learned of Adamà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s passing upon getting to my hotel around 3:00am Eastern. I decided to run in the race, despite all of this, for two reasons. First, my brother never wanted his illness to affect others. That was evident in the fact that he wanted his illness to have no part in my experience on Idol, a point he was quite adamant about. So, with that wish in mind, I ran and was involved with the event as an homage to him. Secondly, there are many people who are still battling, and by running and sharing my brotherà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s story, I hope that it offers those still fighting that much more resolve to not succumb to this wretched disease.

    I want to again thank everyone who donated to the race and continues to donate, sent a kind email, posted thoughts and prayers, called, etc. I take it as affirmation that my brother was the great man that I knew, and whose ideals I constantly try to uphold in myself. It is with those ideals in tow that I vow to continue to speak out in hopes of raising whatever necessary to help eliminate cancer entirely.

    Also, I mentioned earlier that Adam never wanted his illness to affect anyone. So, with the exception of our Toledo, OH, show on May 6th, which we will do everything possible to reschedule, all other shows will go on as scheduled.

    Lastly, thank you to everyone for allowing us, as a family, to grieve and come to terms privately. This event has shown me, beyond doubt, that I have the greatest people in my life, family, friends, and fans alike, and for that, I can never offer enough thanks.


  • MB444

    Wow. David Cook is really an amazing guy. He still ran that race even after his brother passed away, and that says a lot about him and his determination to find a cure for cancer.
    When my mom’s brother died, she was very emotional about it and very upset for a long period of time. She still cries about it today, in fact. It kills me to know David is going through the same type of pain now.
    I’ve always been a fan of his, but my sister is the one that is truly obsessed with him and I could never completely understand why, but after watching that I think I do. But if that video could make me cry, how am I ever going to listen to “Permanent” again?
    Prayers to the Cook family.

  • ruru