American Idol’s Lauren Alaina’s Stepfather Dies After Long Cancer Battle

Condolences go out to Lauren Alaina and her family. The American Idol alum’s stepfather, Sam Ramker has died after a battle with stage 4 melanoma. Ramker was the husband of Lauren’s mother, Kristy Suddeth.

Lauren made the announcement Sunday on Instagram:

My stepdad, Sam, went to heaven at one o’clock this morning. He was the purest example of how to love and live life fully. His last few hours were some of the most amazing moments I know I will ever have the privilege of witnessing. He opened his eyes last night. They shined the brightest I’ve ever seen anyone’s eyes shine, and he said, “Jesus.” We said, “What do you see Sam?” He said, “It’s so beautiful.” Mom asked him who he saw and he told her a bunch of people, including his mama. He later said, “I love you all. I found it.” My mom asked him what he found and he said, “Heaven. I’ve got to go.” An hour later he went to be with the Lord. I want this story to be an example of how real God is. We are only here for a short amount of time, and we have to live like there is no tomorrow. I want us to all be a little more like Sam. He was strong. He was the most compassionate person in the world. He would go without to help a stranger. He was a great dad. Now he is with the best Father in the universe. Thank you to everyone who has supported our family in this time. We appreciate the love, donations, and prayers that we have received.

Late last week, the singer cancelled a couple of tour dates, two shows in Texas on Friday (Oct. 19) and Saturday (Oct. 20), citing a family medical emergency. Over the summer she shared that her stepfather’s struggle with stage 4 cancer and asked that fans donate to his GoFundMe campaign. d

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