It's a heartbreaking week for news of deaths in the entertainment industry. Just days ago, Céline Dion lost her husband to whom she was married for 21 years. Another tragedy has struck Dion and her family as her brother Daniel passes away from cancer at the age of just 59. The office of Dion's publicist, Francine Chaloult, has confirmed the passing of one of Dion's 13 brothers and sisters.
Daniel Dion was hours on his deathbed on Jan. 16 and at 5 a.m., he passed of throat, tongue and brain cancer. Dion had two daughters, 25 and 32 years old along with two grandchildren. Sister Claudette spoke to the Journal de Montréal of the passing saying, "He was ready and he no longer suffers. He was calm." Daniel also was a musician like most of the family who grew up singing and playing instruments together.
Daniel, Claudette and Céline are just three of 14 children, whose mother Thérèse, 89, was aside her ailing son. Father Adhémar passed in 2003 during Céline Dion's first year run in Las Vegas.
This comes two days after Céline Dion's husband René Angélil passed away of another battle with throat cancer. Angélil and Dion were married in 1994 at the Notre-Dame Basilica, where Angélil will also have funeral proceedings. Public respects can be made from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 21 and the religious service will follow on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. Donations can be made to Azar-Angelil Research Chair for ORL Cancer, a charity René helped found in 2011.
The family has been strong together for all of their lives. They grew up in a small home in Québec where "Maman et Papa" sacrificed to make ends meet. Céline, the youngest, would change lives forever when her voice caught the attention of Angélil at such a young age. A Celebration of Life will be held at The Colosseum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m on Feb. 3 in Las Vegas. In the meantime, dates scheduled for The Colosseum this weekend have been cancelled but the next date of Feb. 23 is planned to go on.