American Idol has been sending their love and sympathies to David Cook after news broke that the 2008 Idol winner’s older brother, Adam, died of cancer over the weekend.
According to MTV News, 2008 Idol runner-up David Archuleta released a statement saying, “I know they had been struggling with it for a while, so my heart really goes out to them. 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.”
Idol judge Simon Cowell told People 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.””
Judge Paula Abdul also told People magazine 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.”