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Jolie aunt dies of breast cancer days after op-ed

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US actress and humanitarian campaigner Angelina Jolie leaves Lancaster House in central London on April 11, 2013 after speaking during an announcement of funding to address conflict sexual violence on the sidelines of the G8 Foreign Ministers meeting. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie spoke at the G8 Foreign Minister’s meeting to announce 10 million GBP (15,340,000 USD) funding to support efforts to tackle sexual violence in conflict and violence against women and girls

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt has died from the disease.

Jolie's aunt Debbie Martin died at age 61 Sunday in a San Diego-area hospital, her husband Ron Martin tells The Associated Press.

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

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.

He says had his wife known in advance of her genetic risk, "she would have done exactly what Angelina did."

Martin's death was first reported by E! News.

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Click to read Jolie's New York Times op-ed.

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