Celine Dion's Brother Dies After Husband

The singer has had a double loss in two days
Sunday , 17 January 2016
Celine Dion's Brother Dies After Husband
Lost Battles: Celine Dion and her late husband Rene Angelil

Celine Dion's brother Daniel has died, just days after the death of her husband Rene Angelil.

On Friday the singer's sister Claudette revealed to the Journal of Montreal that their sibling had just a "matter of days or hours" left to live as he suffered from throat, brain and tongue cancer. He was treated at a hospital in the Quebec city, and passed away on Saturday morning, Celine's publicist Francine Chaloult confirmed.

Claudette told the publication her brother's condition was very similar to that of Celine's late husband, Rene, who lost his battle with cancer on Thursday.

"It's very painful. It's a matter of days or hours," she said. "It looks a lot like Rene, he had cancer of the throat, tongue and brain. Our family is very experienced."

Meanwhile, a source noted how hard it was for Celine, as she and her many siblings are "extremely close". The family released a statement after the sad news broke, noting that Daniel will be remembered as "a gentle and reserved man of many talents". A tribute for him will be held on 23 January, with a funeral service to be held several days later.

Rene died at his home in Las Vegas under the care of a physician, two days before his 74th birthday. He and Celine had celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary recently and the music star will be celebrating her late spouse's life with a celebration performance as part of her Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. His funeral will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where the pair wed, next week.

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