Jan 18, 2016

    Dion's double family loss to throat cancer


    DAYS after her husband and manager died of cancer, Canadian singer Celine Dion has lost a brother also to cancer, a family spokesman said on Saturday.

    Daniel was 59.

    He was the eighth of 14 Dion siblings.

    The singer's husband, Rene Angelil, died on Thursday at the age of 73 at their home in Las Vegas.

    Both men suffered from throat cancer.

    Angelil's funeral will be held on Friday at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal where the couple married.

    The following day, a memorial service will be held for her late brother, with a formal funeral a few days after that, the family spokesman said.

    In 1994, when Celine was 26 and Angelil was twice her age, the couple married in an extravagant wedding that was televised live in Canada and splashed all over the magazines.