MADONNA'S oldest brother Anthony Ciccone has died at age 66 after battling alcoholism and homelessness.
His death was confirmed by musician Joe Henry, the husband of Madonna's sister Melanie Ciccone, in an Instagram post featuring a black and white photo of Anthony.
"My brother-in-law, Anthony Gerard Ciccone, exited this earthly plane last evening," Henry on Saturday.
"I’ve known him since I was 15, in the spring of our lives in Michigan so many years now gone."
Anthony's cause of death has not been confirmed.
He struggled with alcoholism for several years. During that time he reportedly lived on the streets of Michigan, at one point residing under a bridge.
In 2013, Anthony accused Madonna and his father, Silvio Ciccone, of not caring about him.
"Madonna doesn’t give a s**t if I’m dead or alive," he told the Daily Mail at the time. "She lives in her own world."
"I never loved her in the first place, she never loved me. We never loved each other," he claimed.
Anthony added: "My father would be very happy if I died of hypothermia and then he would not have to worry about it anymore.
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He said that his father "doesn’t want to be bothered, he’s lived his life you see. He doesn’t like me."
He added: "He doesn’t want me to be me, he wants me to be somebody else. He thinks the way I live is intentional. He simply doesn’t know me."
However, Anthony reconnected with his family after going to a rehab shelter for homeless addicts called Dann's House in Traverse City, Michigan.
In December 2017, Anthony's younger brother Christopher told the Mirror that he was "back home" and "recovering" after going to Dann's House – a rehab shelter for homeless addicts.
"As brother Dave Henry (who took this photograph) notes here, Anthony was a complex character; and god knows: we tangled in moments, as true brothers can," Henry said.
"But I loved him, and understood him better than I was sometimes willing to let on."
Henry said that "trouble fades" while "family remains – with hands reached across the table."
He added: "Farewell, then, brother Anthony. I want to think the god your blessed mother (and mine) believed in has her there, waiting to receive you.
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"At least for today, no one shall dissuade me from this vision."
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