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Singer Celine Dion’s brother has cancer, representative says

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    Award-winning artist Celine Dion performs during the Walmart shareholders’ meeting in Fayetteville, Ark., on June 1, 2012.

MONTREAL » Pop singer Celine Dion’s representative said today that Dion’s brother has cancer and doesn’t have long to live, even as funeral arrangements were announced for Dion’s husband, who died a day earlier.

Kim Jakwerth confirmed reports on the prognosis of Dion’s brother Daniel.

Dion’s husband, Rene Angelil, died Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer in the suburban Las Vegas home in Henderson he shared with Dion and their three children. The funeral for 73-year-old Angelil will be held next Friday at Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica, the same church the two were married in 1994.

His final wishes were to have his funeral at the same church where he wed Dion. A wake will be held on Thursday between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., where the public will be able to pay their respects.

A celebration of Angelil’s life will also be held on Feb. 3 in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace Colosseum.

Angelil was her manager for decades and was constantly seen by her side. He molded her from a French-speaking Canadian ingénue into one of the world’s most successful singers.

The theme from “Titanic,” the smash “My Heart Will Go On,” has been her defining hit, and she has had other top songs that have sold millions of copies around the world.

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Fekadu contributed to this report from New York.

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  • Heartfelt sympathy for the demise of her husband and prayers for her brother. Death and illnesses of loved ones have no boundaries. It happen to all of us and the heartaches are experienced as much as the next person. God Bless!

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