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David Cook’s brother dies of cancer

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The older brother of American Idol winner David Cook has lost his battle with brain cancer, his rep confirms to Usmagazine.com.

Adam Cook, 36, died early Sunday morning in Terre Haute, Indiana, after an 11-year struggle with the disease, which had spread to his spine, according to David’s website. The lawyer leaves behind his wife, Kendra, and their children.

David made the announcement Sunday at the 12th Annual Race for Hope 5K event in Washington, D.C. The rocker was the event’s honorary chairman, and his team raised more the $97,000 for the cause, his rep told Us Sunday.

“I actually lost my brother yesterday to a brain tumor, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else right now,” Cook told the crowd at the benefit for brain cancer research. “I lost one today, but I gained 9,000, and I will be here every year that they will have me.”

During Idol‘ seventh season, Adam sat in the audience in April to watch David, 26, perform his rendition of Mariah Carey’s”Always Be My Baby.” Residents of their hometown raised $45,000 so that Adam could be flown in with the proper medical care.