Idol‘s Danny Gokey Returns Home for Grandfather’s Funeral

Idol‘s Danny Gokey Returns Home for Grandfather’s Funeral
Michael Becker/FOX

03/31/2009 AT 12:00 AM EDT

Less than a year after losing his wife, American Idol's Danny Gokey is grieving the death of another family member. A source confirms to PEOPLE that Gokey was back home in Wisconsin over the weekend to attend funeral services for his grandfather.

According to the website everydaychristian.com, Gokey -- a church music director -- also attended services at his Milwaukee church, Faith Builders International Ministries, before going to the funeral on Sunday.

An Idol spokesperson declined to comment, except to say that Gokey, 28, would perform as scheduled on Tuesday's show.

Idol viewers are familiar with Gokey's heartbreaking personal story. Just four weeks before his audition, his wife Sophia passed away.



"It's so fresh in my mind," the singer told reporters in February when he made the top 13. "Honestly, this is a sob story I don't want, but it is shaping my life and it's causing hope for a lot of . Now I have my mission."

Gokey has since become a favorite of both fans and judges. During a recent visit to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Simon Cowell predicted that Gokey would earn a spot in the FOX competition's May finale, along with fellow contestant Adam Lambert.

"My wife would be telling all her friends, and she would be going to the store, buying clothes and trying to get herself all cute," he said when asked by reporters in February what she would think of his success on Idol. "She'd just be so happy." -- Shawna MalcomMichael Becker/FOX

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