The worst week of Céline Dion’s life is about to get even more horrific, as she prepares to lose another important man in her life.
Céline just lost her husband René Angélil to cancer yesterday, and now another important member of her family is reportedly on his deathbed, too.
Céline’s brother, Daniel Dion, is suffering from multiple cancers — including the same throat cancer that felled Angélil — and their sister Claudette confirmed he does not have much time left.
“It’s very painful,” Claudette told Le Journal de Montréal outside of Daniel’s hospital room last night. “It’s a matter of days or hours.”
“It looks a lot like René, he had cancer of the throat, tongue and brain. Our family is very experienced… He is 59 years old, very young to be [at] the end of life.”
Céline’s rep confirmed Daniel’s condition to Entertainment Tonight.
Despite the dramatic situation in Montreal, Claudette took the time to give tribute to Angélil.
“We received a lot of support and comfort after the announcement of his death. It shows how much he was great and he left no one indifferent. In sentencing, it is heartening to see how much he was loved,” she said.
“He led the Quebec music internationally. Céline and René was behind that voice brought internationally. He was passionate.”
Céline is one of 14 children. This is not the first time the family has been hit with an awful tragedy. Her niece Karine lost her battle with cystic fibrosis in 1993 at just 16 years old as Céline held her in her arms and sang to her.