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David Cook's Brother Dies at 37

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May 3 2009, Published 6:25 a.m. ET

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When David Cook took the stage as grand marshal of Sunday's Race for Hope 5K in Washington, D.C., it was with a heavy heart that he announced the passing of his oldest brother — and biggest fan — Adam, who lost his decade-long battle with brain cancer only the day before.

"I lost my brother yesterday... to a brain tumor," David told his fans after the race, which not coincidentally is a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds to fight brain tumors. "And I couldn't imagine being anywhere else right now."

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"I am consistently amazed at what survivors and the people in this audience do and go through," he continued. "It's just amazing to me to see the resolve that survivors have. I lost one today... I lost one. But I gained 9,000. I will be here every year that they will have me."

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Adam, 37, who was an attorney with a wife, Kendra, and two children, passed away on Saturday at his home in Terre Haute, Indiana. In April 2008, as David was singing his way to the top of the Idol charts, <a href="http://www.okmagazine.com/idol/view/5940/1/Cook%27s-Sick-Brother-Makes-It-to-Idol" target="_blank">Adam was able to make the trip</a> to cheer him on in one of the season's most memorable moments.

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