Angelina Jolie's aunt dies of breast cancer

  • Angelina Jolie's aunt has died of breast cancer, nearly two weeks after the Hollywood star revealed she chose to have a double mastectomy to reduce the risk of getting the disease.

    Debbie Martin, the younger sister of Jolie's mother, died on Sunday at the age of 61 at the Palomar Medical Center near San Diego.

    In an article, titled My Medical Choice, for the New York Times, Jolie said her doctors believed she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

    She added that her partner, actor Brad Pitt, had hailed her decision as "absolutely heroic".

    The 37-year-old mother of six went on to write that she went through the procedure to reassure her children that she would not die from cancer, as her own mother did.

    Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of breast cancer in 2007 at the age of 56.

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