Madonna's Bro Homeless, Living Under Bridge
Anthony Ciccone not living in material world
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Oct 24, 2011 12:20 AM CDT
Madonna living the glam life while her brother battles frostbite on the streets in Michigan.   (AP Photo/Jonathan Short)
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(Newser) – Madonna might be a material girl, but her big brother isn't. He's homeless, living under a bridge in MIchigan—and complains he's been deserted by his famous sis and the rest of his kin. "My family turned their back on me when I was having a hard time," Anthony Ciccone, 55, tells the Michigan Messenger. "You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times—why my sister is a multi-bazillionaire, and I'm homeless on the street? This could happen to anybody. You have no idea how gruesome it is."

Ciccone, the second of eight siblings, was working for his dad's winery, but was axed a year ago. He gets by turning in cans for the recycling pennies and eating at Traverse City churches. The small town of 14,000 has drawn homeless from all over Michigan because the churches provide free meals every night. "You won't find this in too many places," notes Ciccone.