Jolie aunt dies of breast cancer days after op-ed

Jolie aunt dies of breast cancer days after op-ed

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Actress Angelina Jolie speaks ahead of a screening of her new film 'In the Land of Blood and Honey' at the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) on May 29, 2012 in London. Jolie spoke on the Foreign Secretary?s initiative on preventing sexual violence in Conflict, ahead of the screening. AFP Photo /Dan Kitwood/POOL (Photo credit should read Dan Kitwood/AFP/GettyImages)

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on May 26, 2013 at 5:49 PM

LOS ANGELES - Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt has died from the disease.

Jolie's aunt Debbie Martin died at age 61 Sunday in a San Diego-area hospital, her husband Ron Martin tells The Associated Press.

Debbie Martin was the younger sister of Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand, whose own death from cancer in 2007 inspired the surgery that Jolie described in a May 14 New York Times op-ed.

According to her husband, Debbie Martin had the same defective BRCA1 gene that Jolie does, but didn't know it until after her 2004 cancer diagnosis.

He says had his wife known in advance of her genetic risk, "she would have done exactly what Angelina did."

Martin's death was first reported by E! News.
 

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