Celine Dion’s brother Daniel has died aged 59 after losing his battle with cancer, the family has confirmed. Daniel’s death comes just two days after the singer’s husband René Angélil passed away after suffering from throat cancer.

Celine DionCeline Dion’s brother Daniel has passed away.

Daniel died in the early hours of Saturday morning, according to Montreal’s CBC News. A source close to the Dion family told the Montreal Gazette: “They’re close, she’s close with all of her siblings. It’s hard. Céline is still in Vegas with her kids making plans for [her husband’s] funeral.”

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“It’s a typical grieving process. There’s moments of shed tears, moments of memories and laughter. She’s grieving the loss of her husband,” the source added. Daniel’s obituary read: ‘Battling cancer for a few years, it's in the uttermost discretion and surrounded by his family that Daniel Dion, 59, died today, January 16. He was the eighth child of Thérèse and Adhémar Dion.’

'His last days were in the wonderful care of the doctors and personnel at Maison Adhémar-Dion, a palliative care center in Terrebonne Québec. For those wishing to send flowers, a donation to that organisation would be very much appreciated.’

On Friday Dion’s sister Claudette told The Journal of Montreal that Daniel had just days left to live. "It looks a lot like René, he had cancer of the throat, tongue and brain,” Claudette explained.

"Our family is very experienced. He is 59 years old – very young to be the end of life. We are with Daniel, day and night.” On Saturday it was announced that the funeral of Dion’s husband René Angélil would be held at the same church where he married the singer 21 years ago.

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‘According to his final wishes, his funeral will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where 21 years ago, he chose to marry the one who will remain as the great love of his life, the artist for which he had the most respect, the woman who gave him light and happiness until his very last breath,’ the announcement read.