Celine Dion's brother Daniel dies just days after her husband

Singer Celine Dion has lost both her husband and her brother to cancer.
STEVE MARCUS

Singer Celine Dion has lost both her husband and her brother to cancer.

Daniel Dion, the older brother of pop singer Celine Dion, died on Saturday, just two days after the death of the entertainer's husband, Rene Angelil, from throat cancer.

Celine Dion's representative Kim Jakwerth released a statement that Daniel Dion, 59, died on Saturday surrounded by his family after battling cancer for several years. The statement said he died at a palliative care centre in Terrebonne, Quebec, outside Montreal.

His death was announced just two days after the 73-year-old Angelil died in suburban Las Vegas after a long battle with throat cancer. Angelil was Celine Dion's manager for decades, molding her from a French-speaking Canadian ingenue into one of the world's most successful singers, best known for the smash hit My Heart Will Go On,' the theme from Titanic.

Rene Angelil died after a long battle with throat cancer.
Denise Truscello

Rene Angelil died after a long battle with throat cancer.

The family is "remembering a gentle and reserved man of many talents", the statement said.

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Daniel Dion, the father of two daughters, was the eighth of 14 Dion children. The Dion siblings, including Celine, performed at their parents' small piano bar called Le Vieux Baril ("The Old Barrel") in the town of Charlemagne, Quebec.

Viewing will take place next Saturday, a day after Angelil's funeral is set to take place at Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica, the same church where he married the singer in 1994.

Daniel Dion's religious funeral will be held several days later at a church in the family's hometown of Charlemagne.

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 - AP

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