Madonna was footing the bill for her troubled big brother, Anthony Ciccone, before he died in a rehab treatment center, despite a turbulent relationship between the siblings.
Her 66-year-old brother's stay in the Michigan treatment center ended last week after he reportedly ripped out his feeding and breathing tubes, leading to his death Sunday.
Anthony had been staying at the rehab center as he tried to recover from years of alcohol abuse, but insiders said he passed away after knowing 'the consequences of removing the equipment', according to TMZ.
Following news of his death, Madonna, 64, took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late sibling, where she said he 'planted many important seeds' in her path to success.
Madonna reportedly footed the bill for her troubled brother's rehab treatment despite their turbulent relationship
Anthony Ciccone, pictured, died Sunday after reportedly ripping out his breathing and feeding tubes at a Michigan rehab center
While spending decades as one of the most successful musicians of all time, Madonna's fame came at a cost to her troubled brother Anthony's health.
He battled alcoholism and homelessness for years, facing numerous run-ins with the law while his younger sister conquered the charts.
Her fame reportedly left him fiercely bitter, and over the years he has hit out at her for 'turning her back on him' and claiming she 'never loved him' in a series of scathing interviews.
Despite the duo being at odds, Madonna's family was by Anthony's bedside during his final days, while his multi-millionaire sister forked out for his care.
The two grew up with three other siblings in the Detroit suburbs, where their 'sibling rivalry' led Anthony to remark that they 'hated each other' from a young age.
Although she moved to New York in 1978 to pursue dance and embarked on what would become a hugely successful career, he stayed largely in Michigan. Anthony was for a time employed at his father's winery between his stints on the streets, but he was fired after he couldn't keep his alcoholism under control.
Over the decades he continued to be homeless or spend time in temporary accommodation, until the family eventually stepped in and helped him receive treatment.
The singer's decision to pay her brother's medical bills comes despite the pair's troubled relationship, which was worsened by the death of their mother when he was just seven.
While the singer, who was five at the time, said her mother's passing was the 'motivating force' behind her rise to superstardom, the tragedy sent Anthony spiraling.
He became a father in 1993, but he was ultimately barred from seeing his son when he and his partner split six years later. The decision was said to have driven him 'insane'.
Madonna's older brother, Anthony Ciccone (seen in 2011), died at age 66. He battled alcoholism and homelessness for years and faced numerous run-ins with the law
Madonna had known about her brother's plight and repeatedly offered to help by paying for him to go into rehab. She is pictured here in during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Madonna, pictured, took to Instagram following Anthony's death, thanking him for planting 'many important seeds' on her path to fame
Paying tribute: Madonna broke her silence over the death of her older brother with a tribute on Instagram
Anthony's subsequent descent into heavy drinking meant he struggled to hold down a job. With no money and nowhere to live, his persistent media appearances further fractured his relationship with his family.
As Madonna packed stadiums and enjoyed sold-out tours that amassed an $850million net worth, Anthony repeatedly told the press that he had been left on the sidelines.
Madonna's offers to pay for his treatment were reportedly turned down over the years.
However, while he ultimately reconnected with his parents and agreed to seek help for his alcoholism in 2017, it is unknown how he left things with his sister before his death.
Following the news of his passing, the star took to Instagram to pay her respects and fondly recall her memories of him.
'Thank you for blowing my mind as a young girl and introducing me to Charlie Parker, Miles David, Buddhism, Taoism, Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan, Jack Kerouac, expansive thinking outing the box,' she captioned a sepia throwback. 'You planted many important seeds.'