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Cook's Condition Triggered by Brother's Illness

4/2/2008 1:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

David CookTMZ has learned what probably triggered the medical emergency with David Cook tonight.

As we first reported, Cook was taken to the hospital after his heart began palpitating and his blood pressure rose. We're told Cook, who has high blood pressure to begin with, has been under tremendous stress because his brother has been ill. We're told David's brother, who has cancer, suffered a setback within the last week, and it has really put David on the ropes.

David has been completely stressed out during the entire season. During one of the first shows, David broke down and said he couldn't perform that night -- and changed his mind at the last minute.

We're told earlier tonight, David began complaining that he did not feel well. After the performance, Cook reassured people he was OK -- but ultimately realized he needed medical help.

Story developing ...

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FlBiker    

R.I.P. Patrick Swayze

2395 days ago
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what a bitch.    

2nd damn !!!

2395 days ago
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Carran    

Good Luck David! You were awesome tonight! Both you and your brother will get through this!

2395 days ago
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HOWARD STERN IS A KILLER    

My Prayers are with you and your brother David. Godspeed.

2395 days ago
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Stepher    

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your brother. Stay strong! xo

2395 days ago
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Toni    

According to sources at ONTD, when texted, David said he was fine, as in he never went to the hospital. :/

April Fools?

2395 days ago
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Just die Joe!!    

Now I feel bad for calling him a copycat and a douche but I am happy that he gave props tonight to the other artists, that was telling of him.

Here's to wishing a speedy recovery. Get well David and sorry to hear about your brother. That is a lot of stress on a person and I am sure since he is here in LA and not with his brother, it is taking a toll on him. God bless u both!

2395 days ago
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Jill    

May David get through this tough time, he has done so well and can go far. with his career Family is #1 and I pray for David and his family at this time. I wish them well. - - Jill

2395 days ago
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Devilicious    

Poor baby!!! Stay strong David!!!

2395 days ago
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nashvillefug    

We love you, David. I'm praying for your brother and for you that you both get well. Try to give your anxiety and worries to God and let Him carry them. We are human, and can only handle so much on our own. I know your brother and the rest of your family and friends are so very proud of you.

2395 days ago
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Vall    

OMG - poor guy and his brother. Sending 'Get Well' wishes to both of them.

2395 days ago
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sad day    

GET A HOLD ON DAVID YOU CAN DO IT. YOUR TO GOOD TO DROP OUT OF THIS. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR BROTHER.
Best Wishes to you and your family.

Peace

2395 days ago
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Paola    

David... you're awesome... put it all in God's hands... and rest.

2395 days ago
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Seriously    

It is very hard when a loved one has cancer.......all the sickness and uncertainty. It can be really draining emotional, physically and financially. Keep your chin up, David. Make the most of your opportunity while you have it.

2395 days ago
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not a dumbass    

why do people think that this guy is a copycat of some sort? Aren't ALL of the contestants on AI singing other people's songs? And many of them just use the original arrangement. There is no rule that they have to change it up - except for length, of course. It's just funny that EVERY SINGLE CONTESTANT has sung another artist's songs this season, but for some reason because a bunch of people are all jealous, intimidated, self-loathing, pathetic, and insecure they have to put this guy down. OK, we know you're cool because you knew some version of a song that someone else did. Wow - it's really intelligent that you're point something out that IS PART OF THE SHOW.

2395 days ago
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