Former Australian Idol contestant Kate Cook found dead in bushland near her home.

Australian Idol contestant Kate Cook has been found dead.

The 36-year-old, who made it into the top six on the reality show in 2009, was found in bushland near her Queensland home on Monday morning.

According to was discovered after concerned friends contacted police following her disappearance on Sunday night.

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Cook’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

Since the news of her death broke, former Australian Idol contestants and fans have paid tribute to the late country music singer.

“This is the Kate Cook I remember and loved,” musician Casey Barnes who appeared on the show in 2009 wrote.

“We were only just talking about trying to organise a ten year Idol reunion later this year… you were a breath of fresh air and such a beautiful person inside and out,” he added.

“Hope you’re up there with your Mum now mate. Love ya.”


Australian country music singer Beccy Cole also paid tribute to Cook.

“You went on national TV and said ‘this is me…’ You changed nothing about yourself to conform… you made the world safe for SO many others, if only you understood what a hero you were… you beautiful big hearted Queenslander,” she wrote on Twitter.

Cook made it onto Australian Idol when she auditioned for the reality show with an original song titled Make You Stay.

Cook wrote the song for her mother who died by suicide.

“Two days before I turned 17 my younger sister and I found her. She committed suicide, so it was pretty tough,” Cook told the Idol judges.

 “I’ve had a long road to sort of find myself after being lost for a long time. So I sort found myself through strength and music.”

Before appearing on Australian Idol, Cook worked in an abattoir cutting meat.

Following her time on the show, she went on to tour pubs across Australia.

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