Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Hudson
10/30/2008 at 12:00 PM EDT
After losing her mother, brother, and nephew
last weekend, Jennifer Hudson
is receiving support from an old friend – Ryan Seacrest
"We're praying for her," the American Idol
host told PEOPLE at the LA Confidential
party celebrating the magazine's cover story on Seacrest Wednesday night. "I sent her an email to share my sorrow for what she went through and asked her if there was anything we could do," says Seacrest, who watched Hudson's journey from Idol
finalist to Oscar-winning success. "It's horrible."
He's not the only one from the Idol
family who is feeling for Jennifer after her tragic loss.
"I talked to [Idol
judge] Randy [Jackson] the other day about it," says Seacrest. "We're just thinking about her."
Seacrest says he didn't know Hudson's family well, but is confident she will pull through.
"I know Jennifer and I always liked her spirit, her strength, her charm, her charisma. She's a strong girl and a special girl."
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