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Angelina Jolie's Aunt Debbie Loses Battle with Breast Cancer

Angelina Jolie's Aunt Debbie Loses Battle with Breast Cancer

Angelina Jolie‘s Aunt Debbie has passed away after a battle with breast cancer, her Uncle Ron Martin tells E! News.

The news comes just weeks after the 37-year-old actress shared her brave decision to have a preventative double mastectomy to lower her risk for the disease. Debbie is the sister of Angie‘s late mother Marcheline Bertrand, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007.

Angelina has been in touch throughout the week and her brother Jamie has been with us, giving his support day by day,” Ron said. “They both loved Debbie very much and although Angie is not able to come right now she has sent her love and support which was very nice.”

“We have seen Angelina a number of times since Debbie was diagnosed with breast cancer and Debbie and I were both very proud of her recent decision to have the double mastectomy and to do everything she can to keep her family from having to go through what we’ve been through,” he continued. “Angelina‘s father Jon Voight has also been tremendously supportive—he came down to see Debbie last Sunday and spent the whole day, talking with her and sharing his love and I know Debbie really enjoyed seeing him and talking with him.”

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  • trt

    RIP Debbie Martin. May the good Lord bless and keep you.

  • Emes


    I recall reading he was in a bad car accident in 2012 when he was on his honeymoon. I wondered too what happened to him. With all the Royal news he was no where to be seen. Not on any of the talk shows. I guess his inside track is no more. besides I don’t think any fan would buy is book. I mean Angie has already told it all.

  • naturegirl

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. :)…..

    With Loving thoughts of you on this your sad day.

  • 2Park5

    Although its difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, May looking back in memory help comfort your tomorrow.

  • So very sad

    So very sad.

  • gennline

    She has and without dumping on any of her relatives.Even her Dad she said she loved, she just could not let his previous toxicty continue to affect her life. Reputable journalist though are starting to get their heads out the gutter and see that she is the real deal,as her fans have been saying for years.

  • busted

    @2Park5: @naturegirl:

    beautiful words.. thanks for posting.

  • Gigi

    What sad news, her aunt died today and tomorrow is the birthday of Shiloh

  • lulu

    Sad .

    Angie’s great -grand mother, grandmother, Mother, Aunt , all died from the same disease. Uncle also died from cancer.

    Now, I hope no one should ever question Angelina ‘s decision for having prophylactic mastectomy !

  • teri

    I’m so sorry for your loss Angelina and family. It seems like Angelina did the right thing at the right time.

  • vickifromtexas

    very sad. God bless the family.

  • Dc

    This is very sad. Rest in peace Debbie. My deepest condolences to Angelina and James and to Debbie’s husband and family.

    Love you Angelina.

  • fyi

    World War Z is trending on twitter.

  • BradPitt


    Spend all your time waiting
    for that second chance
    for a break that would make it okay
    there’s always some reason
    to feel not good enough
    and it’s hard at the end of the day
    I need some distraction
    oh beautiful release
    memories seep from my veins
    let me be empty
    and weightless and maybe
    I’ll find some peace tonight

    in the arms of the angel
    fly away from here
    from this dark cold hotel room
    and the endlessness that you fear
    you are pulled from the wreckage
    of your silent reverie
    you’re in the arms of the angel
    may you find some comfort here

    so tired of the straight line
    and everywhere you turn
    there’s vultures and thieves at your back
    and the storm keeps on twisting
    you keep on building the lies
    that you make up for all that you lack
    it don’t make no difference
    escaping one last time
    it’s easier to believe in this sweet madness oh
    this glorious sadness that brings me to my knees

    in the arms of the angel
    fly away from here
    from this dark cold hotel room
    and the endlessness that you fear
    you are pulled from the wreckage
    of your silent reverie
    you’re in the arms of the angel
    may you find some comfort here
    you’re in the arms of the angel
    may you find some comfort here

  • Lily

    RIP Debbie. This further confirms Angie made right decision.

  • MrsT

    I’ve seen WWZ tv spots all weekend esp on E channel.


    Wonderbust, on the last thread – thank you for that beautiful piece from Debbie Martin on the passing of her sister Marcheline. Thanks to poster #26 for the letter from ‘Mary,’ (Marcheline) and to some saying, ‘whoa, guess Angie did do the right thing,’ – Angie has known about her Aunt Debbie’s diagnosis for some time, this is one of the many things that went into her informed decision. Glad Voight went to see Debbie, she probably more than most, knew the pain he caused her little sister – I’m sure a lot of the visit, included his regrets (he also gave a memorial to Marcheline with her family as well, I remember reading) and memories of happier times – I’m glad her husband said she was happy he came. Wherever Marcheline is, I think she would have had a smile for him for that. My condolences to the Martins.

  • White Swan

    Words however kind cant mend your heartache but those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind.

  • Jaime

    @White Swan:
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    End the ethnic Bullying and Hate Crime culture perpetuated by the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL owners by writing to your Senator or Congressman to strip the NFL from its tax exempt status and anti-trust status. As Taxpaying citizens of the United States, we demand that our government no longer support and provide benefits to organizations that promote Hate Crime, Bigotry, and Ethnic Genocide.

  • NYC

    Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us everyday unseen unheard but always near still loved still missed and very dear.

  • Marcheline letter about Cancer


    Thank you for sharing that Marcheline Bertrand letter. It´s really inspiring but deep sad and emotive knowing the tragic end for her and now for her sister.

    Debbie appear to be just like her sister Marcheline, a wonderful and friendly person that everybody love and care. Sadly she have the same destiny, because she carry a bad gene that have killed so many in her family and is now tormenting Angie too.

    Angie was right in doing the intervention. She is doing everything to prevent the same fate.

    I hope Angie could be with her kids and family for many, many years.

    She is like her mother, a caring, lovely and beautiful soul that her family needs but our world needs Angie too.

    Angie is a woman like no other. Our world needs an angel like her to lead, guided and teach us in the battles that she is fighting. kiss

  • were the morons

    @NYC: That is a very nice comment you made. I’m crying tears. ;,(

  • BerryBerry

    The tide recedes but leaves behind bright seashells on the sand.
    The sun goes down, but gentle warmth still lingers on the land.
    The music stops, and yet it echoes on in sweet refrains. For every joy that passes something beautiful remains.

  • bunny

    love angie…sorry for her loss.

  • Bea

    Rest in peace Mrs. Martin, may angels carry you on their wings. I hope you and your family on the other side were reunited in joy.

  • Neil

    Well, I like many didn’t even know Angie had an aunt. It sounds like everyone is at peace though. It is my wish anyway.

  • were the morons

    Angie speaking about her mom:

  • lola

    angelina made right choice

  • were the morons

    It’s an old video…

  • Esquared

    I’m only speculating, but maybe her Aunts diagnosis was the final straw in getting tested for the breast/ovarian cancer gene. I would’ve made the same choices Angie made in a heartbeat and I don’t even have children to consider. Cancer is scary as hell and anything one can do to help their odds, go for it! God bless Angie and her family!

  • anustin

    bless anjie,lord!

  • lurker

    This is indeed sad,sending blessings to angie and her family,and debbie’s husband and sons

  • marilyn

    God speed you, Debbie, on your eternal rest. Marcheline is waiting for you.

  • were the morons

    @star303: You know what, you fvking Biitch, I am so damn tired of you and your Jen hens coming up in here stirring trouble. If we want to show our condolences for the family, we can and will. Why in the fvck should you care what other people do. Don’t you have a life other than criticizing what other people do? apparently not. Leave it up to your trolling ass to always run at the mouth and park your ass where its not wanted. Why don’t you go enjoy memorial day weekend and STOP WORRYING ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW ARE DOING.


  • fyi

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  • Bea


    Don’t you have a life of your own? Why do you feel the need to comment on something that you don’t understand – human compassion. People who have a heart feel for a situation like this no matter who the person involved is. If you can’t understand that, then you need to seek professional help and hope karma does not take a bite out of what I expect is a huge a ss.

  • busted


    really tell that to the people that cried over situations and stories they are not directly affected by. Your comment shows what a complete asshole you are. You don’t have to know someone to feel compassion for them and their families. We see people everyday crying and helping people they don’t know.

    Well I hope I continue to sin on that account.

    Seriously you are such a fool. not even funny. Dumb and ignorant.

  • lurker

    please fans lets just ignore teh FF freaks on this thread,its hard but we have to ignore them before they mess this thread up,i cry all the time for pwoplw i barely know is called humanity and being human

  • lurker

    happy birthday shiloh,time does fly

  • expensive_salmon

    good people will support those that feel pain no matter who they are.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Amazing how the haters cannot take a break from hating to show a little compassion. That is because hating is all they know. A tree is known by its fruit, and haters know what they are because all they do is hate.

  • lurker

    ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) — Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie revealed she’d had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt died from the disease Sunday.

    Debbie Martin died at age 61 at a hospital in Escondido, Calif., near San Diego, her husband, Ron Martin, told The Associated Press.

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

    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.

    “Had we known, we certainly would have done exactly what Angelina did,” Ron Martin said in a phone interview.

    Debbie Martin’s death was first reported by E! News.

    Ron Martin said after getting breast cancer, Debbie Martin had her ovaries removed preventively because she was also at very high genetic risk for ovarian cancer, which has killed several women in her family.

    The 37-year-old Jolie said in her op-ed that her doctors estimated that she had a 50 percent risk of getting ovarian cancer but an 87 percent risk of breast cancer.

    She had her breasts removed first, reducing her likelihood to a mere 5 percent.

    She described the three-step surgical process in detail in the op-ed “because I hope that other women can benefit from my experience.”

    The story, a surprise to most save those closest to Jolie, spurred a broad discussion of genetic testing and pre-emptive surgery.

    A message left with representatives seeking comment from Jolie was not immediately returned.


  • lurker

    hate roger but good article

    Angelina Jolie’s Cancer Fears Rooted in Fact: Mother, Uncle and Now Aunt All Gone At Early Ages
    05/26/13 11:43pmRoger Friedman0

    News today that Angelina Jolie’s aunt, Debbie Martin, died at age 61. Usually the passing of a celebrity’s relative wouldn’t merit much discussion. But in light of Angelina’s recent reveal of a double mastectomy, her aunt’s death is the more poignant. Angelina’s mother died at age 56, in 2007. Her mother’s brother, Raleigh, died in 2009, of cancer. And now the last of the three siblings is dead of breast cancer.
    In six years Angelina’s closest adult blood relatives have all passed away from cancer. Angelina’s mother’s side of her family is one generation after another of people not living into their 50s. It’s quite shocking and no doubt preys on her. I am impressed however that her Dutch-French family tree can be traced back pretty far into history.
    It’s no wonder that she had the genetic testing and then took steps immediately to prevent the illness getting to her. We think of Angelina as having been around a long time. But she’s only 37, too young to lose so much of a family. It has to be devastating. What she’s done for her own kids, for herself, and her “husband” (as it were) is incredibly courageous– not the least because she’s considered a sex symbol. Condolences to her on the death of her aunt.

    Roger Friedman
    Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News. Friedman previously wrote the Intelligencer column at New York Magazine, He writes for Parade magazine and has written for Details, Vogue, the New York Times, Post, and Daily News and many other publications. He is the writer and co-producer of a film about R&B Music called “Only the Strong Survive,” which was released by Miramax in 2003 and was a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Thank you poster #26 for that very lovely letter written by Angelina’s mother. What a lovely and truly gracious lady she is.
    That letter shows us Angelina is very much like her mother in so many wonderful ways. The apple did not fall far from the tree. Jon Voight has every right to be very proud of Angelina. She is truly an amazingly lovely lady and I understand why Brad cherishes her and says she is the Best Gift he could give his children.

  • Love the JoliePitts

    Brad Pitt “completes” me: Angelina Jolie
    PTI – Mon, Jun 27, 2011

    London, Jun 27 (PTI) Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has said that Brad Pitt”s love makes her feel “complete”.
    The 36-year-old, who has been with Pitt since 2005 and raise six children, admits sharing a great understanding of their lives, reported Contactmusic.
    “We feel like we”re sharing this great adventure together and we don”t question it. It”s like we”re partners and we understand the kind of life we want. Our relationship has always felt right and that”s what I was looking for.
    “Brad loves me so much – it”s made my world feel complete,” said Jolie.
    The ”Lara Croft” star admits having a family has changed her “forever” but she still feels “wonderful” to share experiences with Pitt.
    “It”s peace of mind and security and just releasing all your doubts. Experiencing the adventure and beauty of your own family is something that changes you forever.
    “You dedicate yourself to creating a good and happy world for your partner and your children.
    “Brad and I have discovered how wonderful it is to take that journey together,” added Jolie.

  • lurker

    i promise not to reply but you are turning racist,trademark of jen fans please stop the nonsense

  • lurker

    can fans please join me to flag her comments

  • were the morons

    @lurker: I got you.

  • Jen The HAG

    star303 @ 05/26/2013 at 11:56 pm

    A racist bigot like you have no place in HUMAN SOCIETY.. YOU ARE AN ANIMAL .. you should be lock-up in some ZOO somewhere or drop in pacific ocean.. that’s what you deserve EVIL B.I.T.CH

  • Cinco

    @star303: some people are more sensitive than others. The way you are acting is far worse than someone feeling emotional over someone they don’t personally know. you don’t personally know Carrie but your negative emotions are strong towards her.