Celine Dion’s older brother Daniel has died from cancer at the age of 59.
Celine Dion’s representative Kim Jakwerth released a statement that the singer’s brother, Daniel Dion, died Saturday surrounded by his family after battling cancer for several years. The statement said he died at palliative care center in Terrebonne, Quebec, outside Montreal.
Daniel, the father of two daughters, was the eighth of 14 Dion children.
His death was announced just two days after the passing in suburban Las Vegas of Dion’s husband, 73-year-old Rene Angelil, after a long battle with throat cancer. Angelil was her manager for decades, molding her from a French-speaking Canadian ingénue into one of the world’s most successful singers.
Daniel Dion’s funeral will be held in the family’s hometown of Charlemagne, Quebec.