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Adam Cook

Born: 1973-00-00 - Died: 2009-05-03
Cause of Death:
Brain Tumor


Death Summary: Adam Cook finally succumbed to his disease on May 3, 2009. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 1998 and learned that it had spread to his spine in 2006.

Adam Cook was 36, and is survived by his wife Kendra and their two children.

David Cook announced the death of his brother at the 12th annual Race for Hope 5K in Washington D.C.

Adam Cook ShirtIf you would like to make a donation to the "Adam N. Cook Fund", use the following information, or visit the site where you can also purchase bracelets as well as shirts (you can see it on the right side), and all proceeds go directly to benefiting the Cook family.

Adam N. Cook Fund
c/o Old National Bank
701 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47807
Attn: Vickie Wallace

Simon Cowell, a judge on American Idol, told People that, "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".

Who was Adam Cook : Cook was the older brother of David Cook, winner of American Idol 2008.

Cook, who was a Terre Haute, Indiana lawyer, flew to L.A. during the American Idol taping to see his brother perform... even though he was in the middle of extensive chemotherapy.

The flight cost about $80,000, and was paid for by friends and a local councilman. The flight was a chartered medical jet with medical staff on hand.

Did you know: David Cook's guitar reads "AC" which stands for Adam Cook.
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  1. Lisa Elliott Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My sister in law is battling brain cacner as well. what kind of tumor did he have? She has a pnet which can spread to the spine as well. Its very rare and I am wondering if he had the same? Could help her if we knew what kept him alive for 10 years.

  2. ashley Says:

    i am so sorry for the loss. i will keep u in my prayers.

  3. Cayle B. Says:

    David we all instantly new how well you and your brother related to eachother after you cried when you sung “always be my baby” on american idol. You are amazing, and im so sorry for your loss. Good luck and im so sorry.

  4. Denise Fraser Says:

    I just wanted to say to the whole Cook Family. Your sons both David and Adam are very special brothers. i saw the love on american idol and I see it now online and with David running in the race. Horah for you all – Adam is resting in peace and watching over all of you now.

  5. Cora Lee Looney Says:

    May the Lord wrap you all in His loving grace and comfort you at this untimely passing of your family loved one. You are all in our prayers.
    In Christian love,
    Cora and family

  6. June Erickson Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My best to you and your family at this time.

  7. Cheryl, May 4th, 2009 Says:

    David, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother. Just watching you two on American Idol you can tell how much you both ment to each other. You and your family are in my prays.

  8. Jackie Meyer Says:

    To the Cook family: I watched you all during American Idol 2008 and fell in love with your family then. Your grace, love, and courage during trying times has been inspiring to all who have followed David’s incredible journey . I think that Adam is looking down on all of you and feeling blessed for having such a wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time.

  9. Molly Says:

    I am so sorry for the loss. My prayers are with you and your family. You are an amazing person! May your brother rest in peace.

  10. R.Samanie Says:

    i am truly sorry for your loss,i lost my husband to bladder cancer nearly three years ago and the pain never goes away. my prayers are with your family.

  11. Karen Spanik Says:

    I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time of great loss. Adam was a very special person.

  12. sue whittaker Says:

    Iam so sorry for your lose, I know what its like to love a brother that much. Mine has blood cancer, he is doing really well now. god bless you!

  13. Krista Jung Says:

    Dear David,
    My condolences to you and your family for your loss. Our hope is in Christ and may yours remain with Him forever!
    Love,
    Krista

  14. Angie Bisnath Says:

    Dave,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers and love are with you and your family. Adam is now at peace and is watching over you.

  15. Adell Maksimowicz Says:

    We are reminded if there were no tears, there would be no rainbows….Adam’s memory will live on through David’s music.

  16. Tiffany Gonzales Says:

    My heart goes out to your family.I lost my sister 10 years ago to a brain tumor.It was the hardest thing for our family, my sister was only 24 years old she had 2 kids and we never knew she was sick.We will pray for your family.God bless you and keep you safe.Keep singing those songs.They make us all happy.Tiffany

  17. amanda weppler Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with the cook family at this time.

  18. Niki Says:

    David, I am so sorry for your loss. I know you had a close relationship with Adam and he is looking down on you know and smiling. An angel with wing’s saying KEEP ON ROCKING DAVID! God Bless Love Ya and my prayer’s and thought’s are with you and your family. See you May 8th.

  19. Niki Says:

    David, I am so sorry for you and your family. Just know that Adam is looking down on you now and smiling. I know you two were close. He is an Angel with wing’s now, and he would be saying KEEP ON ROCKING DAVID! God Bless and Love Ya. See you May 8th.

  20. Rhonda Odom Says:

    It may not seem so now, but in time your joyful memories will outweigh the pain. My prayers are with you and your family.

  21. Jan Says:

    David you and your family are in my prayers. Your strength and gracious work to help others are an inspiration to all. God Bless.

  22. stacey schneider Says:

    i am sorry for your loss. i will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  23. Susan Robosky Says:

    Dear David,
    My husband and I are very sorry for you and your family and hope you find comfort in what you enjoy most…your music. I am sure you can recall many times enjoying music with your brother and though you may not feel like it right now, sure in time you will feel better once you put your feelings down in a song and sure we will appreciate it as well, since we all enjoy your music. Our thoughts are with you.

  24. marybeth rick Says:

    im sorry for the loss of your brother , ill keep you and your family in our prayer , may god bless you

  25. Denise Says:

    To the Cook family: I am not familiar of the history of the Cook family. I watched American Idol 2008 at the last two shows, (and congrats to David). Your family is in our thoughts and prayers
    and we are so truely sorry for your loss, just know that Adam is in the hands of eternal happiness and he is beside you, walking with you, leading every step you take until you meet again
    God bless you and you family

  26. Karen P Says:

    David,
    I am sorry for the loss of your brother. I lost my mother to cancer so I know the pain you feel. The pain will get easier in time but you will never forget the good times you and the love you shared with your brother. No one can take that away from you.

  27. nancy Says:

    my thoughts and prayers are w you and ur family..love u!

  28. kelsie Says:

    david,
    i am so sorry but think of it this way he happier know and will all ways be happy and proud of you i know what youe going though my papa just died this friday from cancer. i wish of luck to you and your family
    god bless

  29. Kathy DeMaria Says:

    David, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother, Adam. It was great to watch you guys together on American Idol. You were so proud of each other.

  30. Theresa Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, I to had a brother who died of cancer (Hodgekins Disease at age 14). My prayers are with you and your family.

  31. Heather Says:

    David
    I am so sorry for your loss. It is hard now, but remember you gave your brother the greatest gift, you followed your dreams and he got to see your success. He will be there always when you take your first step out the door every day and when you sing your first note of the day. He is your angel guiding you. He will live through you,though the music you share with all of us.

  32. Joanne Arnold Says:

    So sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family.Take Care and God Bless.
    LOL

  33. Diane Covey-Dawson Says:

    David, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers!!

  34. Pam Silvergrove Says:

    As a nurse I have lost too many wonderful people to cancer. But their courage dignity and good humor are a source of inspiration that makes it possible for me to continue to love the work I do. Your talent and goodness help so many people feel better–I think of you as a wonderful prescription for whatever ails us. Thank you for sharing your talent, good humor and kindness with us all. I send you and the Cooke family my condolences.

  35. Jean Says:

    David, I am sorry to hear of your loss and your family’s. About 15 years ago, I lost my dad to a brain tumor. Your memories will keep you and your family going. My prayers are with all of you.

  36. Lori H Says:

    David,
    I am sorry for your loss. I also have lost a loved on to brain cancer. Peace and love to your family.

  37. karen derouchie Says:

    my prayers are with you and your family. your brother will always be looking down on you and so happy that he was there to see your sucess.

  38. Debbie Winiarski Says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. My husband is also fighting Brain Cancer, Astrocytoma grade 3. I would like to know what kind of tumor your brother had ? I am so scared that the day will also come and I will lose my loved one. Please know that there are many many people out there praying for you and his wife and kids.

  39. Jennifer Strall Says:

    David i am so sorry for the loss of your brother Adam. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless.

  40. Marcella Says:

    Im so sorry for your loss my thoughts&prayers are with you and your family.My nephew died in November of a brain tumor same age as Adam.May God bless your family with love.

  41. Kelsey Says:

    David I am soo sorry I feel very bad for you I am sure you brother is very proud

  42. Betty Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. May God Bless all of you.

  43. janie wood Says:

    So sorry for your loss. I am so happy that Adam lived long enough to see your hard work come to fruition.

  44. JUDI N Says:

    TO ALL OF ADAM’S FAMILY: I REMEMBER WHEN ADAM WAS ABLE TO GO TO IDOL. WHAT OBSTACLES HE FACED TO SEE DAVID PERFORM. YOURS IS A SPECIAL FAMILY. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MAY GOD BLESS YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

  45. Cathy Magalis Says:

    So very sorry to learn of the loss of your brother. Many thoughts and prayers are coming your way. God Bless

  46. Jenny Thomas Says:

    I am sorry for your loss, but at least he is now no longer suffering, and in peaceful in his new home in paradise… my prayers are with you.

  47. Alexa A Says:

    David i am so sorry that your brother died, my brother died when he was born. Its not the same but the thought is still there. ONce again i am sorry.

  48. Shari Says:

    David, I was so sorry to hear about your brother. My daughter and I think you are amazing. You are in our prayers.

  49. Karen Zartman Says:

    David,

    May God bless you and your family and help you through your sorrow. Your brother was able to see you become successful and follow your dream. What a wonderful gift you gave to him! I will keep you in my prayers.

  50. Joslyn P Prince Says:

    To the Cook Family:
    Adam was the age of my oldest son, Kris. Our heartfelt prayers are with each of you.Our sincere thanks are with you always for sharing your family and It’s HEART with us. David is an outstanding representative of that HEART. “IDOL” causes odd connections and our prayers and love for you “in Christ” will be as PERMANANT as Adams love and impact on you and those of us blessed enough to have that indescribable connection that David, Adam, and your loving family have had on us.”May we all learn to BE “PERMANENT”.

  51. Ian P. Says:

    God Bless the cook family through this time. Adam went down fighting he’s with god now your family is in my prayers.

  52. Nathan P. Says:

    Sorry for your loss

  53. David P. Says:

    Our entire family watched last year as your very heart and soul poured out to everyone, but most especially to your brother. I shudder to think of what you and your family have been through for such a long time. From our family to you and yours, we bid you God’s peace through this incredibly challenging time. When we first had the chance to buy your first CD release, we could hear the same love for your brother pulsing throughout every note. As the last of my family members to sign here, I can safely say that we all believe you to be one of the classiest men on the planet, and we all are praying for God’s peace to be mightily with you and yours.

  54. Margie Sgrillo Says:

    David,
    My prayers are with you and your family. You now have an angel watching over you while you go thru the journey called life. One day at a time.

  55. Traci Allen Says:

    David, you show great courage, love and selflessness by still attending the Race for Hope after loosing your brother. I’ve had two aunts pass from brain tumors. My heart goes out to you and your family. Stay strong!

  56. Patty Smith Says:

    To the Cook family-
    I watched you all during American Idol 2008 and fell in love with your family. Your grace, love, and courage during trying times has been inspiring to all who have followed David’s incredible journey . I think that Adam is looking down on all of you and feeling blessed for having such a wonderful family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. He is looking down at you and encouraging you to keep fighting. My prayers are with you.
    May he be watching over you,
    Patty

  57. Linda Says:

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my prayers. Just try to remember how happy you made him when you won Idol. I’m sure he was very proud.

  58. Joshua Metzger Says:

    RIP Adam Cook

  59. kevin haines Says:

    David very sorry for your lost

  60. kevin haines Says:

    David very sorry for your loss

  61. gina acampora Says:

    words can hardly express how sad i am for you and your family david. your brother will always be with you,forever your guardian angel. hang in there and continue to make him proud, your all in my prayers!!

  62. Judy Gregg Says:

    I feel so sad for your loss.The Cook family will always be in my prayers.

  63. Lauren and Barbara Says:

    David, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  64. carol samhoun Says:

    David, I am so sorry for the loss of your brother.
    The love between you two was so sincere. He may not be here physically but he will always be in your heart. Rest in peace Adam. David- always remember that you now have a true angel in heaven that is watching over you. You can keep your brother very much alive with all the great things you do. May God bless you and your Family.

  65. kevin brickey Says:

    my heart go out u all

  66. Mary Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that you, David, can turn Adam’s death into something positive–The Adam N. Cook fund, and the race. You, his family, and all who knew and loved him will be in the prayers of thousands of people worldwide. Perhaps God led you to American Idol to give you a way to aid in the research for cancer. God be with you all. Your brother was an incredible person.
    With Love and Sincerity,
    Mary.

  67. theresa naugle Says:

    thoughts and prayers to the cook family, i konow what it’s like losing a family member to cancer, i lost my dad and grandma. one day at a time it will get easier, but you will never forget them!!!

  68. Nina Says:

    To David and family,
    I saw your concert at Sunfest Saturday… and David, YOU ROCKED!! Then Sunday night I read the news that Adam had died and I wanted to say how sorry I was that he lost his battle with brain cancer. I remember how touching and emotional it was for the two of you when you won American Idol. It was evident that Adam was so very proud of you, and you so proud of your big brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Adam won’t be very far… he will live on in your hearts forever.

  69. Connie Sanders Says:

    May God bless you and keep you in His loving care during this time of grief. David, what a blessing to be able to give back to such a worthy cause as the Race For Hope that took place in Washington, DC. My father is now battling neuro-endocrine cancer and is living with me, so I am truly grateful for the opportunities we have to help each other . I pray that peace surrounds your entire family at this time. May the love of all your friends and fans be ever present. Love your music, David!!!

  70. MIRIAM KIERSZ Says:

    IM STILL SHOCKED!!!I WAS AT SUNFEST HANDLING YOUR CD AT SECOND ROW.YOU HAVE COMPASSION AND HUMILITY IN YOUR HEART.I HAD A DAUGHTER WHO DIED AND MY SON HAS A SEIZURE DISORDER AND NEED BRAIN SURGERY..I UNDERSTAND DEEPLY WHAT YOU MEANT IN PERMANENT`THE HELL YOU ARE`AND ALWAYS BE MY BABY,THAT I FELT YOU SONG FOR ADAM.RESPECT YOURSELF,AND YOUR FAMILY…WORKING OR GRIEVING THE WAY YOU NEED MAKING NOISE AS YOU TOLD IN RACE FOR HOPE.YOU ARE A GREAT MAN,RIP ADAM,MIRIAM KIERSZ

  71. margie kelly Says:

    david, i am so sorry for the loss of your brother, hold onto the memories of him forever.He’ll always be with you!

  72. Holly Says:

    I remember seeing your brother come up on stage on American Idol and how close the two of you were. I cried that night b/c I thought of my dad who was sick with leukemia and who I lost a few years ago to a teminal illness. I now work for a hospice who helps families cope with the dying process that their loved ones are going through and make each day they have left lived in comfort and to the fullest it can be. My heart goes out to you and your family. Take care and keep singing for Adam…..and for David!

  73. Mickey Martin Says:

    David, I followed you and your quest to help your brother. I am so sorry for your loss, my father passed from brain cancer. God bless you and Adam too.

  74. Valerie McGarry Says:

    To the Cook family…I feel your loss as you say goodbye to a father,husband,brother and son.Maybe Adam would not be known to the world, if not for Idol…but his fight and determination to battle his affliction as long as he did makes HIM a idol in my eyes.It really speaks of the character of the man to make the flight to come and support David,despite the pain and difficulties he must have had. My deepest condolenses to his wife,children and family. I too have lost loved ones to cancer and I am so sorry for your loss.The Lord is there to give comfort and support,never forget His love.

  75. C Hoeffs Says:

    Dear Cook Family, My prayers are with you all. My husband has Brain Cancer as well. Adam has brought awareness to this disease. I hope and pray that someday the cure will be found in both of your names. God Bless.

  76. KrystalRose Says:

    David and Family, All of You are in my prayers. And Our Lord will hold You close to his heart and keep you there thru this time of Your loss. God Bless each one of You.

  77. DeeDee McCormick Says:

    I know there are no words that can take the pain away. Only time…

  78. Jessica Pater Says:

    David Cook i am so sorry for the loss of you brother:( you r a really good singer!!!!

  79. patti Says:

    sorry for your loss, your family and friends are in our hearts and prayers.

  80. Rhonda R. Maddux Says:

    Oh David, I am so sorry; I know your heart is breaking. You and your family, Adam’s wife, children, friends, you are on our hearts and in our prayers today. Love Rhonda Maddux in Texas

  81. Julie Says:

    I don’t know what to say… My beloved Mum was just diagnosed in April with a Glioblastoma… my thoughts are with you and yours…

    Julie

  82. Покровский Says:

    Около 3х лет вплотную интересуюсь этим направлением и думаю ваши мысли достаточно необоснованными

  83. Утёсов Says:

    Чуть больше 3х лет стабильно работаю над этой проблемой и думаю ваши мысли немного несерьезными

  84. Kylie Turland Says:

    i just wonted to say im sorry curtis is so HOT!!!

  85. Sarah Says:

    i dont know you but sorry

  86. marini bestarie Says:

    You are the great brother of David…RIP,Mr Cook..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4F8LJU5EgSY&feature=share

  87. Crystal Dennis Says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. My husband just passed away from a brain tumor. He was only sick for 2 and a half months. He was 30 years old. Thinking of you.

  88. Mia Says:

    I don’t know who you are but I’m sorry for everything. hehe :D

  89. Saindoux Sioux Says:

    I wish that Claude Levasseur from Montreal,Saint-Leonard district to get brain or lung or bones tumor,he smoked during many years he is easyly angry upset by simpleton facts.
    His spririt are sick and mentally gravely disorder.


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