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Angelina Jolie's Aunt Debbie Loses Battle With Stage Four Breast Cancer

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We can't even imagine how devastating this must be for her entire family.

While Angelina Jolie recently made the courageous decision to announce that she had a double mastectomy earlier in the year, in hopes to prevent the high chance of breast cancer she and her family members have due to a genetically passed-on BRCA1 gene mutation, we're very sad to report that the “unsung hero” in the actress' brave actions, her aunt Debbie Martin, passed away today after slipping into a coma.

As we've reported, the 61-year-old, who is Angelina's mother's sister, also carried the BRCA1 gene, and attempted to avoid the fate of countless family members by having an operation on her ovaries, still ended up developing breast cancer…and last night, suffered a seizure and was taken off life support at the hospital.

Her husband, Ronald Martin, says:

"Angelina has been in touch throughout the week and her brother Jamie has been with us, giving his support day by day. They both loved Debbie very much and although Angie is not able to come right now she has sent her love and support which was very nice. We have seen Angelina a number of times since Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer and Debbie and I were both very proud of her recent decision to have the double mastectomy and to do everything she can to keep her family from having to go through what we've been through. Angelina's father Jon Voight has also been tremendously supportive–he came down to see Debbie last Sunday and spent the whole day, talking with her and sharing his love and I know Debbie really enjoyed seeing him and talking with him."

And as a family friend points out:

“Angelina was very close to Deb and she did everything she could do to help her. Deb was very supportive of Angelina’s decision to have ­preventative surgery. If she had known before what she found out too late, she would have had a double mastectomy as well.”

Such an unbelievable tragedy. She sounds like a wonderful woman who will be very dearly missed.

Please ch-ch-check out Debbie's story again (above)!

We just hope that by making the suffering that she and her family have endured for generations public, Angie will continue to raise awareness and prevent women and families like her own from meeting similar fates.

You're in our prayers, Debbie. May you R.I.P.

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20 comments to “Angelina Jolie's Aunt Debbie Loses Battle With Stage Four Breast Cancer”

  1. 1

    OMG… most of us have lost someone to this disease without making headline news…poor angie..pooooooooor ppooooooooor angie. Who didn't even have the decency to call her own father to talk about her own health problems.

  2. 2

    It's awful. Losing someone to such a horrible disease is never easy, for anyone, anywhere.

  3. 3

    Did Angie offer to pay for the life saving surgery for her dear Auntie? No. Angie only thinks of herself!

  4. 4

    Ok, I am pretty sure we have ALL lost loved ones to cancer. STOP putting this woman on a pedestal.

  5. 5

    Re: momofan – Agreed. Except Angie never had any "health problems" - she's a healthy woman who decided to lop off her boobs. The media's portraying her like some hero who clawed her way back from a disease but there's nothing physically wrong with her and never has been. Nauseating.

  6. Penny says – reply to this


    Wow! You really have a few horrible readers who have no respect for the dead or their family members. These ill manner readers that posted disrespectful comments about a dead cancer person will one day soon find out down the road what is CANCER. Each time they post an ill remark is a time closer for their own close family member to get Cancer. So keep it coming … Life is too short to be so evil.

  7. mw says – reply to this


    Wow. I can totally understand her decision now. God bless.

  8. Phil says – reply to this


    Judgmental people who knock other families' members at a time of crisis always appear in spite of their own failings.

  9. barney says – reply to this


    Just proves Angelina made a stupid decision to get a Double Mastectomy. She based her entire decision out of fear. If you use the odds and percentages Angelina had a 1 in 229 chance of getting Breast Cancer. Her Dr. is and was cut happy to go along with her Decision instead of closely Monitoring the situation.

  10. david says – reply to this


    Re: barney

    You're ridiculous and uneducated. She was genetically tested for the BRCA mutation gene. She had it, which raised her risk of cancer to 87%.

  11. John Paulus Fan says – reply to this


    Jennifer Traniston can't keep a Maniston.

  12. 12

    Terrible gene to have, but genes aren't everything. I def understand Angie's decision though.

  13. Claire says – reply to this


    Re: Snow Glow – You don't know that…unless you know them directly, which obviously you don't, you can't really say that.

  14. Claire says – reply to this


    Re: Kittens With Mittens – WHAT is wrong with you????? Seriously, what is wrong with you? So hateful. Get a hobby.

  15. gulfport gurl says – reply to this


    This is so sad. She is so young to have to be having these life altering surgeries, I know she is doing this to hopefully be here for her children. I pray it works. I also hope that hag Chelsea gets on with her own life and leaves Angelina alone finally.

  16. LouvlyDove says – reply to this


    Re: Penny – you're no better wishing this but i do agree with your first point
    Re: momofan – we as humans should have a heart. if this were your family member in the news, would you want people saying the same thing? people are disgusting over the internet.Re: chloebug – that doesn't mean we should forget them. losing someone is hard and i'm glad you're so understanding of that.

  17. 17

    lost my Grandpa last year to Cancer, he was my only and best grandpa. it was hard. and still is.

  18. 18

    Click it!!!
    She is waiting for you to take her home. Come on, everybody!!!

  19. 19

    Re: Claire – It's obvious that you're quite young because you're overly emotional & starstruck, leaping to Angie's defense when no slight was against her was given. Stating fact doesn't make one a "hater", and please stop using that "I'm under 17" word - it's such a silly word.

  20. ingbot says – reply to this


    Rumor is that she is skipping her Aunt's funeral for the WWZ premier…….if that is the case, it just goes to show where her true priorities are.