Celine Dion was experiencing a painful double family loss in 2016 as she mourned her husband, René Angélil. Angélil passed away on January 14, though January 16 brought the loss of Celine’s brother, Daniel Dion. In an even more tragic twist of fate, Daniel, just like Angélil, also died of cancer and passed away while spending time in a palliative care center in Celine’s home country, Canada.
Celine and Daniel’s sister, Claudette Dion, explained that Daniel’s cancer was very similar to Angélil’s while speaking to Journal de Montreal, confirming that he entered the cancer treatment centre mere days before his death after the disease impacted his throat, tongue and brain. “He was ready, and isn’t suffering anymore. He was at peace,” Claudette said of Daniel’s death, describing him as “a gentle and reserved man of many talents.”
The Dion family also issued a statement, which explained, per Billboard, that Daniel’s “last days were in the wonderful care of the doctors and personnel at Maison Adhémar-Dion, a palliative care center in Terrebonne Québec.” The statement continued, “For those wishing to send flowers, a donation to that organization would be very much appreciated.”