Celine Dion Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

It's a heartbreaking time for Celine Dion and her family. The French-Canadian superstar, 47, lost her husband, René Angelil, to cancer on Thursday, January 14, and now, Dion's sister Claudette has revealed that their brother Daniel is also battling the disease.

Speaking with the Journal of Montreal, Claudette tearfully said, "It's very painful. It's a matter of days or hours. It looks a lot like René, he had cancer of the throat, tongue and brain. Our family is very experienced." 

Dion's rep confirmed the news about Daniel to Entertainment Tonight

Celine's manager and husband passed away at age 73 after years of suffering from cancer. The couple wed in 1994 and have three young sons together.

"I’m trying really hard to show my children that sickness and things happen in life. You cannot be crying and be depressed and consistently talk about, ‘Oh my God,’" Dion told Us Weekly in August 2015 after she returned to her Las Vegas residency show.

Following her husband's passing, Celine canceled her Las Vegas show and is not expected to return to the stage until February.

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