Only two weeks after Angelina Jolie openly talked about the double mastectomy procedure she underwent as a preventative measure to lower her risk of breast cancer, her aunt passed away from the very same disease.
Debbie Martin, sister of Jolie’s mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died on Sunday May 26. Her wife, Jolie’s uncle, told E! News, “Angelina has been in touch throughout the week and her brother Jamie has been with us, giving his support day by day.”
Jolie opened up to the New York Times with an essay about her decision to have a double mastectomy after learning she carried the BRCA1 breast cancer gene.
Jolie’s fiancé, Brad Pitt, and uncle both fully supported her decision.
“Debbie and I were both very proud of her recent decision to have the double mastectomy,” Martin said, “and to do everything she can to keep her family from having to go through what we’ve been through.”
Jolie’s mother died of ovarian cancer in 2007.
“I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer,” Jolie wrote in her essay.