Angelina Jolie's aunt died of breast cancer on Sunday (May 27), nearly two weeks after the Hollywood movie star wrote about electing to have a double mastectomy when she learned that she had inherited a high risk of breast cancer.
Debbie Martin, the younger sister of Jolie's mother, died at age 61 at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, near San Diego.
Her husband, Ron Martin, praised Jolie's decision to get a double mastectomy, saying it made his late wife very happy.
"It gave her some, it gave her a lot of gratitude that she could have, that Angelina had now saved her own life, you know, whereas... and since she couldn't go back and save herself, she was very happy to hear that," Martin said during an interview.
Jolie, 37, is raising a family with fellow actor and fiancé Brad Pitt. She wrote that she went through with the operation in part to reassure her six children that she would not die young from cancer, as her own mother did.
Jolie's mother, Marcheline Bertrand, died of breast cancer in 2007 at age 56.
Jolie said she opted for the surgery after her doctors had estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer, due to an inherited genetic mutation.
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