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Angelina Jolie aunt Debbie Martin loses breast cancer battle

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Angelina Jolie's aunt Debbie Martin has passed away after an ongoing battle with breast cancer, it has been reported.

Martin, the sister of Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand, died on Sunday (May 26) in an Escondido, California hospital.

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie with Brad Pitt



Her husband Ron Martin told E! that he had been in touch with Jolie, whose father Jon Voight had also visited Martin prior to her death.

He said: "Angelina has been in touch throughout the week and her brother Jamie has been with us, giving his support day by day.

"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."

Jolie revealed last month in an op-ed piece for The New York Times that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy surgery to reduce her risk of cancer.

The actress, whose mother died six years ago at 56 from breast cancer, learned from doctors that she had an 87% risk of developing the diseas herself.

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