Madonna's brother lives on the streets of Michigan

WENN, Saturday, October 22, 2011, 6:11am (PDT)
  • Madonna's elder brother has been left living on the streets of Michigan after losing his job at the family's vineyard.

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    The Material Girl's sibling, Anthony Ciccone, claims he has been homeless for over a year and has been living under a bridge in Traverse City since losing his job at his father's winery in Suttons Bay, Mich.

    The 55-year-old spoke to the Michigan Messenger while receiving a free meal at one of the city's churches, and alleged his relatives -- including his millionaire sister -- have turned their back on him.

    He says, "My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time. You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times; why my sister is a multibazillionarie, and I'm homeless on the street?"

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    “Never say never. This could happen to anybody. I don’t have any income, I’ve got to go collect bottles and cans, do odd jobs.”

    He also reveals the true extent of his misery living as a vagrant -- he has suffered frostbite from the cold Michigan weather.

    He adds, “Where do you go at 8 o’clock on a Sunday morning and you have no money in your pocket? You get nerve damage [from the cold]. That’s the milder stage, in the severe stage you have tissue damage, that is when you lose parts of your body."

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    “I got frostbite on my feet last winter. A friend of mine lost all 10 toes. Several have died of hypothermia.”

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