Madonna’s brother Anthony Ciccone dead at 66, family member says
Late on Saturday, a family member confirmed the passing of Madonna’s older brother Anthony Ciccone. Aged 66, he was. Joe Henry, a musician who is married to Melanie, a sister of Madonna, posted on Instagram that his brother-in-law Anthony Gerard Ciccone has left this world last night. I’ve known him since I was 15 years old, back in the spring of our lives in Michigan, which has been a long time ago. Henry did not share a cause of death. Madonna has not publicly commented on the news, though her official Instagram account “liked” Henry’s post.
“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 wrote, sharing a black-and-white photograph of young Ciccone. “But I loved him, and understood him better than I was sometimes willing to let on. But trouble fades; and family remains— with hands reached across the table.”
Media reports over the past decade detailed a complicated relationship between Ciccone and his family; TMZ reports that he battled alcoholism and was at times homeless. An anonymous source told People that Madonna and other family members had visited Ciccone “while in his rehab facility as he declined these past few months.” Page Six also cited an anonymous source confirming the news..
Madonna and her siblings grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. She rose to pop stardom in the 80s and saw nearly 40 songs reach the Billboard Hot 100, and recently announced a 2023 tour. This is a developing story. It will be updated when more information is available.