Angelina Jolie‘s aunt died of breast cancer on Sunday, a hospital spokeswoman in California said, nearly two weeks after the actress wrote about electing to have a double mastectomy after learning she had inherited a high risk of breast cancer.
Debbie Martin, the younger sister of Jolie’s mother, died at age 61 at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, near San Diego. Her husband, Ron Martin, told Britain’s Sky News that his wife had the same defective BRCA1 gene as Jolie.
This is, of course, cutting it way too close for the Oscar-winning film star. On 14th May, Angelina Jolie, revealed that she had a double mastectomy in a piece in the New York Times, saying she hoped her story would inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease. She wrote that she went through with the operation in part to reassure her six children that she would not die young from cancer, as her own mother did.
Angelina Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of breast cancer in 2007 at age 56.