Daniel Dion, the older brother of pop singer Celine Dion, died Saturday, just two days after the death of the entertainer’s husband, Rene Angelil.
Celine Dion’s representative, Kim Jakwerth, released a statement that Daniel Dion, 59, died Saturday surrounded by his family after battling cancer for several years. The statement said he died at a palliative care center in Terrebonne, Quebec, outside Montreal.
The family is “remembering a gentle and reserved man of many talents,” the statement said.
The announcement follows the death on Thursday of the 73-year-old Angelil 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 ingénue into one of the world’s most successful singers, best known for the smash hit “My Heart Will Go On,” the theme from “Titanic.”