US singer Madonna's elder brother Anthony Ciccone dies at age 66
Monday, February 27, 2023
On Friday, US singer Madonna's elder brother Anthony Ciccone died at 66. A cause has not yet been declared.
The singer's brother-in-law, Joe Henry, announced Ciccone's death on Instagram, writing of a "complex character".
"I want to think the god your blessed mother (and mine) believed in has her there, waiting to receive you. At least for today, no one shall dissuade me from this vision."
Madonna "liked" Henry's post, while not publicly commenting.
Madonna, Anthony and their six siblings were raised in Detroit, Michigan.
When Madonna left for New York City in 1978 to pursue a musical career, Ciccone remained behind. He became estranged from his family and experienced alcoholism and homelessness for some years.
By 2017, he had completed a stint in a rehabilitation centre and reconciled with his family.
- Bethany Minelle. "Madonna's older brother Anthony Ciccone dies aged 66" — Sky News, February 27, 2023
- Nathan Williams. "Madonna's older brother Anthony Ciccone dies aged 66" — BBC, February 26, 2023