Buzzing: Celine Dion's brother dies of cancer

Some left flowers, others a few heartfelt words. Fans of the Harry Potter saga paid tribute last Friday to actor Alan Rickman at the mythical platform 9 3/4 at London’s King’s Cross station. Platform 9 3/4 is where Potter departs for Hogwarts via
Some left flowers, others a few heartfelt words. Fans of the Harry Potter saga paid tribute last Friday to actor Alan Rickman at the mythical platform 9 3/4 at London’s King’s Cross station. Platform 9 3/4 is where Potter departs for Hogwarts via the Hogwarts Express in the films and is marked at King's Cross by an installation of a trolley disappearing into a wall. Rickman, who died of cancer last Thursday at age 69, gained legions of young fans with his portrayal of the morally ambiguous teacher Severus Snape in all eight Potter movies.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Celine Dion's brother dies of cancer

Two days after her husband and manager Rene Angelil died of throat cancer, Canadian singer Celine Dion lost a brother to the same cancer last Saturday, a family spokesman said.

Daniel, the eighth of 14 siblings, was 59.

Angelil died last Thursday at age 73.

His funeral will be held on Friday at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal where the couple married.

The following day, a memorial service will be held for her brother, with a formal funeral a few days after that, the spokesman said.


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