Anthony Ciccone, Madonna’s older brother, passed away at the age of 66, according to a family member.
One of the star’s seven siblings, Ciccone, is reported to have died on Friday night.
He apparently battled alcoholism and spent some time living beneath a bridge while being destitute.
Joseph Henry, his brother-in-law, announced his passing on Instagram alongside an old black-and-white photo of him, adding that he had “exited this earthly realm.”
The singer-songwriter Henry, who is married to Madonna’s sister Melanie Ciccone, wrote: “I’ve known him since I was 15, in the spring of our lives in Michigan so many years now gone.”
His reason of death hasn’t been made public yet.
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Together with Anthony and her other siblings, Madonna grew up in Detroit, Michigan. Ciccone remained in Michigan when she relocated to New York in 1978 to pursue a career in dance and music.
Brother-in-law In his Instagram post, Henry describes Ciccone as a “complex figure.”
“We tangled briefly, as true brothers can. God knows.
“Yet, I liked him and knew him better than I sometimes wanted to admit. Trouble eventually passes, though, and family is still there, reaching across the table. Brother Anthony, good bye for now.
“I’d like to believe that the goddess your blessed mother (and mine) worshiped is there, ready to welcome you. No one will dissuade me from this idea, at least not today.”
Ciccone had previously yelled at his family, saying they didn’t care about him, before he got separated from them.
“They see me as a non-person, a zero. I’m embarrassing myself “In 2011, he spoke to the Daily Mail.
“My family probably wouldn’t know or care for six months if I froze to death.”
In 2017, it was revealed that he had finished a rehab program and gotten back in touch with his family.