Celine Dion’s brother dies of cancer two days after her husband

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Singer Celine Dion and her husband and manager Rene Angelil pose after Dion performed at the 41st annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the South Coast Hotel & Casino September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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(January 16, 2016) — Daniel Dion, the brother of entertainer Celine Dion, died on Saturday after a battle with cancer, his family said. He was 59.

The eighth of 14 children born to Thérèse Tanguay-Dion and Adhémar Dion, Daniel Dion spent his final days at Maison Adhémar-Dion, a palliative care center in Terrebonne, Quebec, a family statement said.

He leaves behind two adult daughters, two grandchildren and an extended family of nieces and nephews. His funeral will take place later this month at St-Simon-et-Jude in Quebec, where the Dion children were raised.

“Taking in consideration the reserved character of their deceased brother, the family wishes respect and discretion from the media,” the family said.

The news comes as Celine Dion prepares for the funeral of her husband, René Angélil, who died on Thursday at age 73 after a long battle with throat cancer.

His sister, Claudette Dion, told the Journal de Montreal on Friday that her brother was suffering from a similar illness to Angélil’s. She said he was admitted to Maison Adhémar-Dion with cancer of the throat, tongue and brain.

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