Anthony Ciccone, the older brother of pop icon Madonna, passed away earlier this week. He was 66 years of age and this news was broken by musician Joe Henry, who is married to Madonna’s sister Melanie Ciccone. It seems Madonna paid for his brother’s treatment before he passed away.
According to TMZ, it was noted that the pop icon was actually taking care of her brother, Anthony Ciccone, before he passed away. Despite their complicated history, the siblings were not estranged, and Madonna was even paying for Anthony’s stay at a Michigan rehab center.
In fact, Anthony had been at the center for some time, and just two days before he died, he made the decision to remove the feeding and breathing tubes that he had been using with the help of doctors. While the relationship between Madonna and Anthony was not always easy, it is clear that the singer cared deeply about her brother and was willing to support him when needed.
It was added that Anthony Ciccone’s health had deteriorated in his final days, and he had lost a significant amount of weight. He was aware of the consequences of removing the feeding and breathing tubes, which led to his death. Some of his family members, including his sister Paula and father, visited him in his last days. Paula reportedly spent most of her time by his bedside.
It was reported that Anthony’s alcoholism and homelessness created strain in his relationship with Madonna, but she never considered herself estranged from him. Despite their complicated history, Madonna and other family members had been actively trying to help Anthony for years, but he had rejected assistance until he was no longer able to fend for himself.
Madonna was even paying for his stay at a Michigan rehab center before he removed his feeding and breathing tubes, which ultimately led to his death. Family members, including Paula and their father, had been visiting Anthony in his final days, with Paula being at his bedside throughout most of it.
Madonna and other relatives were actively trying to help Anthony and provide him with care, even if he had previously rejected their assistance. In the end, they did all they could for him.
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