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American Idol: David Cook Says Fans Are Helping Him Cope

June 16, 2009 06:17 PM by Britteny Elrick

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After the recent death of his brother Adam, David Cook has been struggling to continue his tour. David told Larry King on Monday that his family and fans have been helping him deal with the tragedy. Keep reading for more details on his candid interview…

As reported by Us Weekly, David told Larry King, “I have amazing people just kind of surrounding me from all levels. I’m extremely close to my family. I’ve been able to surround myself professionally with a ton of great people and that’s from my management, my label, all the way down to my fans. The condolences and well wishes sent my way in the last month-and-a-half have been unreal.”

“The doctors, when they first diagnosed him, gave him about two years. And every time they would give him a diagnosis of a definite amount of time, he would always seem to exceed it,” he said. “And I remember I took a couple of days off from this tour that we’d been on back in March because we got bad news that it was going to be a few days at best and then, of course, he lasted seven more weeks.”

Cook learned of his brother’s passing while he was in Washington, D.C. for the Race for Hope, a fundraiser for brain cancer research. “I would say the actual event was unexpected, but we kind of knew for a while that Adam was heading in that direction,” Cook said. “Now that it’s done and it’s over with, it gives us a chance as a family to kind of regroup and move on and, hopefully, make sure that, you know, his memory just kind of lives on.”

Cook said his brother “maintained his sense of humor all the way to the end. And the biggest lesson I took from Adam was that [cancer] never defined him. It was never a character trait or a personality trait. It was just an illness. I definitely think that Adam passed with all of his dignity intact.”

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