Legendary singer Celine Dion has lost her brother Daniel Dion , aged 59, to cancer, two days after her husband of 21 years, René Angélil, 73 passed away at home in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, also due to cancer.
Rene was a music manager who discovered Celine Dion when she was 12. Parents of three kids together, they had just celebrated their wedding anniversary last month, in December 2015.
Celine’s brother Daniel also died today in their hometown of Montreal in Canada.
Their sister Claudette told the Journal of Montreal how hard their family has been hit by the double tragedy.
“It’s very painful. It’s a matter of days or hours … It looks a lot like Rene, he had cancer of the throat, tongue and brain. Our family is very experienced.”
The Dion family (of which Daniel was the 8th out of 14 children), released a statement saying he will be remembered as “a gentle and reserved man of many talents”.