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We are still so sad over this.
Céline Dion's brother Daniel passed away on Saturday morning after battling cancer for several years, but at least he was surrounded by loved ones as the ordeal came to an end.
The 59-year-old brother of the famous singer was the eighth child of a very large family, and leading up to his death, his brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends all came to his native Québec to spend time with the man.
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, brother of Céline. In sadness and grief, he leaves a large family … as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends, who are remembering a gentle and reserved man of many talents. Tribute will be paid at Salon Charles Rajotte in Repentigny, Saturday January 23 from 2pm to 5pm and from 7pm to 9pm.
The statement continued, with more insight into the family's plans to celebrate Daniel's life:
A few days later, a religious funeral will take place at St-Simon-et-Jude, in Charlemagne Québec, where the family was raised. 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 organization would be very much appreciated.
Ugh. Still so sad for Céline over all of this, and all of Daniel's family and friends for having lost someone so close to them.
Our thoughts continue to be with them all.
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