Former American Idol contestant LUKE MENARD has been diagnosed with cancer.
The 29-year-old - a finalist in the seventh season of the singing contest - is battling Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system.
A spokesman for the singer says, "Luke had a lingering cough and was having trouble breathing deeply, so he went to the doctor to have it checked out.
"The suspicion was walking pneumonia. But after a chest x-ray doctors saw a mass and did more testing, which is what led to the stage II Hodgkin diagnosis.
"They've been told that it's treatable and manageable. Luke is currently in Los Angeles and plans to return home to Indiana soon."
Menard is currently a member of a capella group Chapter 6.