Madonna lost her brother Anthony Ciccone, who died at the age of 66

Madonnaeldest brother, Anthony CicconeHe died at the age of 66. The sad news was shared by his brother-in-law, Joe Henry, who announced it on Instagram, posting a black and white photo of the late Anthony.

In the post, Henry talked about the Ciccone family staying connected despite Anthony’s death. Madonna and Anthony were two of eight children born to their mother before she died of breast cancer in 1963. Anthony struggled with alcoholism for years and was homeless and living under a bridge in Michigan.

In 2017, Anthony completed a voluntary rehabilitation program at the Dann’s House facility and reconciled with his family. However, he had previously accused the same family of not caring about him and whether he was alive or frozen.

Read on to learn more.

Anthony Ciccone’s death has been confirmed by Madonna’s family

Anthony Ciccone, Madonna's older brother, has died at the age of 66

Joe Henry, husband of Madonna’s sister Melanie, has announced that their eldest brother Anthony has died Instagram post on Saturday. Henry, 62, shared a black and white photo of the late Anthony and attached it to the announcement.

In the caption, she wrote: “My brother-in-law, Anthony Gerard Ciccone, left this earth last night. I’ve known him since I was 15, in the spring of our lives in Michigan, so many years have passed.”

Henry continued with the caption, “As Brother Dave Henry (photographer of Anthony’s photo) notes, Anthony was a complex character; and god knows: we got tangled up in no time, as true brothers know. But I loved him and understood him more than I was sometimes willing to let on.”

His family remains connected despite the loss

Madonna on Billboard, Women in Music 2016

In the statement, Henry said that while “trouble will eventually pass,” the family will always remain with “arms outstretched” toward each other.

He ended with a touching message to Anthony, saying, “Farewell, Brother Anthony. I want to believe that the god your blessed mother believed in (and mine) is there, waiting to receive you. At least today, no one is dissuading me from this vision.”

Madonna and Anthony were two of eight children and all grew up in Michigan with their father and mother, also named Madonna. At the time of his death, Anthony had moved back to their home in Michigan. Their mother died at the age of 33, back in 1963, after being diagnosed with and battling breast cancer.

Madonna’s brother struggled with alcoholism for years and went to rehab

Madonna leaves the Grand Rex at the end of her concert

Anthony struggled with alcoholism for many years of his life, to the point where he was homeless for a time. He even left his family at one point and was photographed living under a bridge with other homeless people in Michigan.

At the end of 2017, the Daily Mail confirmed that Anthony has completed a rehabilitation program that has helped him reconnect with the Ciccone family. A rehab facility called Dann’s House is a revolutionary facility that allegedly allows its residents to consume unlimited amounts of alcohol. The facility’s founder, Karen McCarthy, spoke at Sunday People About Anthony’s stay.

He said: “Anthony loved Dann’s House for a while and made a big improvement in his life while he was with us.”

Madonna reportedly previously paid for Anthony to stay in a Texas rehab center for two months. The “Vogue” singer has recently made several attempts to reach out to Anthony to get back together.

Anthony Ciccone was not on the best of terms with his sister and family


A few years ago, Anthony spoke negatively about Madonna, her parents and her other siblings, saying that they never cared about her. According to the Daily MailAnthony said: “In their eyes I am a zero – a non-person. I’m confused. If I froze to death, my family probably wouldn’t know or care for six months.”

He further said, “My father would be very happy if I died of hypothermia and then he wouldn’t have to worry anymore. Old school, grew up in the Depression.”

Anthony directly mentioned his sister Madonna, saying he “never loved” the “Material Girl” singer and that they never “really loved each other.”

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