Jolie Aunt Dies of Breast Cancer
She loses cancer battle weeks after Jolie reveals surgery
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 1:32 AM CDT
In this Aug. 13, 2003 photo, Angelina Jolie arrives at the Mathaeser cinema in Munich to attend the German premiere of "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.    (AP Photo/Uwe Lein, File)

(Newser) – Angelina Jolie's aunt has died of breast cancer just two weeks after Jolie revealed that she had a double mastectomy to prevent the same disease, E! Online reports. Debbie Martin, 61, was the younger sister of Jolie's mother, whose death from ovarian cancer in 2007 led to Jolie's decision to have surgery. Martin, like Jolie, had the defective BRCA1 gene, but she didn't know it until after her 2004 cancer diagnosis, her husband says. "Had we known, we certainly would have done exactly what Angelina did," he tells the AP.

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Yousuck2
May 28, 2013 9:39 PM CDT
She hasn't been on People as much lately so I really expected something from the MediaWhore that she is but to go to the extend of cutting off your breasts and announcing it to the world......really, I believe Christina Applegate did this years ago so again the MediaWhore has been trumped!
Bieberforpres2016
May 28, 2013 12:26 AM CDT
Oh what a coincidence. The aunt knew she had cancer, died of cancer. Jolie cuts her tits off preemptively and shes a hero.
sunniladi
May 27, 2013 2:14 AM CDT
how very sad. besides her mother's death from ovarian cancer, it seems obvious that the knowldge of her aunt's breast cancer also played a part in angie's decision to have prophylactic mastectomies. all women should be tested for this gene, especially if they have female relatives who have/had either disease.