COUNTRY music star Kate Cook was found dead this morning aged 36, according to reports.
The singer was last seen wandering into bushland near her home in Queensland, Australia.
Her body was found today around 500 yards from her home in Lowood after concerned friends alerted police last night, reports Nine.com.au.
Police are not treating her death as suspicious at this stage.
Kate shot to fame as a semi-finallist on the Australian Idol contest in 2009.
Before entering the TV talent show she worked in a slaughterhouse cutting meat.
She grew up playing guitar by the campfire and was inspired to sing by her mother’s suicide when she was 16.
She told the Queensland Times in 2013: “Mum always played the guitar and when I was ten years old she taught me a couple of chords.
After that I was always taking the guitar out to the paddock to play, which later developed into a passion for songwriting.”
For her Australian Idol audition she performed an original song called Make You Stay that paid tribute to her late mother.
She told judges: “Two days before I turned 17 my younger sister and I found her. She committed suicide, so it was pretty tough.
“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.”
Australian country music star Casey Barnes said on Twitter he was “absolutely devastated”.
He said alongside pictures of her: “This is the Kate Cook I remember and loved.
“We were only just talking about organising a ten year Idol reunion this year… you were such a beautiful person inside & out.
“Absolutely gutted but hope you’re up there with your Mum now.”
Singer-songwriter Beccy Cole said: “Heartbroken. You were a pioneer Kate Cook. You went on national TV and said ‘this is me…’.
“You changed nothing about yourself to conform… if only you understood what a hero you were…you beautiful big hearted Queenslander. Cheers Cookie x”