By John Dodge

CHICAGO (CBS) — The brother of reality TV star Kristin Cavallari has been found dead, less than a week after he was reported missing.

Cavallari, who’s married to Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, issued a statement to E! Online following Michael Cavallari’s death.

“We want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers during this very difficult time,” Cavallari said. “We have just been informed by the authorities my brother’s body has been found.”

Kristin Cavallari tweeted about her brother Michael’s disappearance on Monday.

Michael Cavallari’s car was found in Utah on Nov. 27, according a Grand County Sheriff’s Office press release issued last Saturday.

Kristin Cavallari, the former star of “The Hills” and who married Cutler two years ago, gave birth to a daughter four days before her brother’s car was found.


Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Michigan Avenue Magazine)

Read the full statement on E! Online.