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Madonna's brother living on street
QMI Agency ^ | October 23, 2011

Posted on 10/23/2011 9:50:53 AM PDT by rickmichaels

Madonna's older brother is homeless, living under a bridge in remote northern Michigan.

Anthony Ciccone, 55, told the Michigan Messenger newspaper that he lost his job more than a year ago at his father Silvio's winery near Traverse City, a resort community of 14,000 on upper Lake Michigan, about 215 kilometers south of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Ciccone says he has been living on the street ever since.

"My family turned their back on me, basically, when I was having a hard time," Ciccone told the Messenger. "You think I haven't answered this kind of question a bazillion times — why my sister is a multibazillionaire, and I'm homeless on the street? Never say never. This could happen to anybody."

Ciccone said he eats evening meals at Traverse City churches, and his only source of income is scrounging bottles and cans to return for their deposit value, and odd jobs.

Madonna Ciccone, 53, was born and raised in southern Michigan, the third of six children to an Italian immigrant father and a mother of French-Canadian descent. Madonna left the Detroit area for New York City in 1977, at age 19, to seek fame and fortune. By 1983 she had found it. Forbes magazine this year estimated Madonna's earnings from 2007 to 2010 alone to be $280 million.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: anthonyciccone; charitybeginsathome; ciccone; madonna; michigan
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1 posted on 10/23/2011 9:50:58 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

Wow. A real “man on the street.”


2 posted on 10/23/2011 9:53:27 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: rickmichaels

The good news is that bridges are normally strong, solid structures. At least he isn’t living in a hut in Africa like Barry Soetoro’s brother.


3 posted on 10/23/2011 9:53:59 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Stop Government Greed Now!!!!)
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To: rickmichaels

4 posted on 10/23/2011 9:55:05 AM PDT by drewh
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To: rickmichaels
Anthony Ciccone, 55, told the Michigan Messenger newspaper that he lost his job more than a year ago at his father Silvio's winery

And what does it take to get fired from daddy's winery?
5 posted on 10/23/2011 9:55:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: rickmichaels

Like all stories, this one probably has two sides. I would like to hear the other before I make any decisions.


6 posted on 10/23/2011 9:55:46 AM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: rickmichaels

In many cases people living in the streets have substance abuse problems. The family has bent over backwards to help them and finally has given up because the substance abuser won’t or can’t help themselves.


7 posted on 10/23/2011 9:56:06 AM PDT by mia
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To: rickmichaels
Liberals are SO compassionate.

(With other people's money)

ML/NJ

8 posted on 10/23/2011 9:56:06 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: rickmichaels

Isn’t that the brother that used to be her producer...or something like that?


9 posted on 10/23/2011 9:57:26 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: rickmichaels

What’s with these liberals - doesn’t Barry have a brother living in a hut? Shame on Madonna in more ways than one. Yet, for show, didn’t she adopt some foreign kid to give him a better life?


10 posted on 10/23/2011 9:57:30 AM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: rickmichaels
Anthony Ciccone, 55, told the Michigan Messenger newspaper that he lost his job more than a year ago at his father Silvio's winery

How long did you work there? Didn't you save any money? Didn't you have any investments you could sell like a house?

What an idiot.

11 posted on 10/23/2011 9:58:20 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Interesting that he chose such an upscale town to be homeless in. Kinda like Beverly Hills on ice.

Not far from Fat Mikey’s either.


12 posted on 10/23/2011 9:59:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek

Ok - good question - one I hadn’t thought about. I was thinking the winery may have closed. I didn’t think of the obvious.


13 posted on 10/23/2011 10:00:52 AM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: presently no screen name

What’s with these liberals


simple. They LOVE to spent OUR money on other people. Their own money? not so much.


14 posted on 10/23/2011 10:01:46 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: Tupelo

Regardless of the circumstances, blood is blood. Given her huge wealth—a top 1 percenter—she should provide at least a roof over her brother’s head. The costs wouldn’t approach what amounts to a penny as a percentage of her net worth.


15 posted on 10/23/2011 10:04:56 AM PDT by kabar
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To: drewh
Scroll to the very bottom of this page to view the picture:

Photo of Madonna with her 7 brothers and sisters in the 1980's

16 posted on 10/23/2011 10:04:56 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: rickmichaels

“...why my sister is a multibazillionaire, and I’m homeless on the street?...”

Does this mean he feels entitled to his sister’s money?


17 posted on 10/23/2011 10:05:14 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: rickmichaels

“he lost his job more than a year ago at his father Silvio’s winery”

Sounds like he was ingesting more of daddy’s wine than he was selling


18 posted on 10/23/2011 10:05:35 AM PDT by chuckee
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To: Texas Eagle
Maybe, like so many others who work for family, that dear old Dad paid him under the table and thus he has nothing that was ever in his name. Messes a bunch up for getting unemployment or even social security later on.

You would think that Madonna could hire him to sweep up the leaves on one of her Florida estates. At least sleeping outside in Florida would be an improvement over Michigan in the winter.

19 posted on 10/23/2011 10:06:47 AM PDT by AmusedBystander (The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next)
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Do You Really Want To Be Alone In Times Like These?


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20 posted on 10/23/2011 10:06:55 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: cripplecreek

Yeah, when dad fires you from the family business and your mufti-millionaire sister lets you sleep under a bridge then there has to be a good reason for it.

It would be interesting if the other side goes public on why they turned their backs on him. My guess is he snorted the first hundred offers of help they gave him and was back again with his hand out the next week.

At least that’s how my BIL use to be.


21 posted on 10/23/2011 10:07:32 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: truthkeeper; All
Sorry, that didn't work but it worked in preview. Maybe this one will work?

My sister is a millionaire

22 posted on 10/23/2011 10:08:00 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: rickmichaels

Oh! So he is one of the trolls living under the Mackinaw bridge (see essay #4)
http://www.theusmat.com/natldesksatire.htm


23 posted on 10/23/2011 10:08:59 AM PDT by mosesdapoet (To punish a province let it be ruled by a professor Fredrick The Great paraphrased)
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To: presently no screen name

What’s with these liberals - doesn’t Barry have a brother living in a hut?””””

Barry the Imposter also has an aunt & an uncle living in the USA- after being ‘deported’, collecting AMERICAN TAXPAYER funds to live on.

Disgraceful!!!!


24 posted on 10/23/2011 10:09:35 AM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: rickmichaels

Whatever her brother problems are..... It’s a shame his sister who can easily support in a modest way allows him to live on the streets

No family of mine will ever sleep under a bridge if I can help them....Unless they become a danger to themselves or me

Yea...it’s easy to ignore some other person who you have nothing to do with..... But family are different


25 posted on 10/23/2011 10:10:16 AM PDT by Popman (Obama is God's curse upon the land....)
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To: Abathar

I hear what your saying, but family is family. You would think with her megabucks she could at least keep him in some fancy sanitarium somewhere. The relative cost to her probably wouldn’t even be a rounding error.


26 posted on 10/23/2011 10:13:15 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: truthkeeper
At least he's got a nice bridge.

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Traverse City ain't exactly Detroit.
27 posted on 10/23/2011 10:13:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: AmusedBystander
Maybe, like so many others who work for family, that dear old Dad paid him under the table and thus he has nothing that was ever in his name.

That would still make him an idiot.

It's more likely he drank his paycheck. Or smoked it. Or snorted it. Or put it on the wrong horse. Or wrong color. Or wrong number.

Like the guy who told the reporter who had asked him what he's going to do with his lottery winnings, "I'm going to spend half of it on wine, women and song. The rest I'm going to spend recklessly."

28 posted on 10/23/2011 10:13:20 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: rickmichaels
So what is the big deal. She knows this guy better than we do and probably knows he is a bum and she will never change him. I had a brother who was down and out and I took him in and tried to get him on his feet. He paid me back by running up my phone bills to over $400.00 a month. We had an argument about it and he left. I gave him another chance later and found out he stole a female friends jewelry, assaulted his girl friend in my home while I was working and may have been involved in some local home breakins. He left and I never saw him again. Sometimes no matter how much you love someone you cannot help them. As much as I dislike Maddonna personally I can not judge her actions.
29 posted on 10/23/2011 10:14:33 AM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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...she should provide at least a roof over her brother’s head.

Why? So maybe he can shoot up/get drunk/whatever in comfort? Enabling is taking the easy way out.

Think about what he must have done to get himself fired from his father's business. Do you think Papa Ciccone would have kicked him to the curb, knowing he'd be in for some bad press, if he didn't feel he was doing what was best for his son? Time for the 55-year old Tony to get his life in order--but he has to want to do that.

30 posted on 10/23/2011 10:15:07 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: rickmichaels
he lost his job more than a year ago at his father Silvio's winery

Tough love?

Ciccone said he eats evening meals at Traverse City churches,

...but never fear; he's found new enablers.

31 posted on 10/23/2011 10:15:48 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: grellis
He could always flop in a vacant house in the area.

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32 posted on 10/23/2011 10:18:10 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cableguymn
They LOVE to spent OUR money on other people

And they wouldn't be where they are if it were not for other people's money.

Her earnings were $280 million for 3 years. People are nuts - supporting her over the top luxurious lifestyle.

If he does have a drinking problem, still, she could pay for the rent and utilities on an apt directly to the owner to keep his warm and safe as the material girl has here own faults and failures.
33 posted on 10/23/2011 10:21:31 AM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: rickmichaels

he should be thankful he’s not an Obama, or he’d be “hutless”


34 posted on 10/23/2011 10:24:58 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: grellis

So you think living under a bridge vs. in a small heated apt will make him come to his senses? So it’s his surroundings that will put the spark in him? Don’t think so. If so, why not have rehab facilities under a bridge if it’s a tried and true remedy.


35 posted on 10/23/2011 10:26:44 AM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Giving one meal a day is now considered an enabler? WOW!


36 posted on 10/23/2011 10:29:40 AM PDT by presently no screen name (NO OBAMITT in '12)
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To: presently no screen name

Unfortunately, sometimes supporting your family in bad times is the worst thing you can do. There is a reason he is where he is and not supported by his family. It’s never an easy thing to do but sometimes very necessary.


37 posted on 10/23/2011 10:29:40 AM PDT by Clintons Are White Trash (Lynn Stewart, Helen Thomas, Rosie ODonnell, Maureen Dowd, Medea Benjamin - The Axis of Ugly)
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Yep. I didn’t get myself straightened out and quit drinking till I had to.


38 posted on 10/23/2011 10:33:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: kabar

If he is a problem child, she could reach an agreement to care for him if he followed her rules. He lives in a house with “handlers”, people whose job it is to keep him out of trouble. And he has to sign off on their handling him, to the point of involuntary confinement if he gives them crap.

No drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco, no parties. He eats healthy food, wears clean clothes and is checked out by a doctor regularly. He does not leave the house unless he has two guards with him. He has a budget controlled by his handlers, and if he wants stuff, he can usually mail order it.

He does not talk to the media of any kind. Special requests go through the “boss lady”.


39 posted on 10/23/2011 10:37:22 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: presently no screen name
So you think living under a bridge vs. in a small heated apt will make him come to his senses?

The chances are that he was, essentially, having his room and board covered at family expense with no impact whatsoever on his "issue"--and I guarantee, he has an issue of some kind, and it can't be a small one. At what point in a person's life do you believe one has to be responsible for one's actions and choices? Seriously, I don't see how your argument is any different than the "gimme" attitude of the flea baggers. Something for nothing.

40 posted on 10/23/2011 10:39:05 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: cripplecreek

Is that one of the bridges over the Boardman River?


41 posted on 10/23/2011 10:39:05 AM PDT by OldMissileer (Atlas, Titan, Minuteman, PK. Winners of the Cold War)
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To: presently no screen name
Looks like the winery is still going strong
http://www.cicconevineyard.com/
42 posted on 10/23/2011 10:40:23 AM PDT by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: cripplecreek
Nice digs--but it'll never go for $1.5 mil.

If I had to guess what Tony's problem is, I'd say gambling, not drugs. I could well imagine his skimming profits and racking up huge losses and debts, even to the point of jeopardizing the winery. You can't swing a cat up there without hitting a casino wall. A junkie is a junkie, though--you have to want to quit.

43 posted on 10/23/2011 10:42:37 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: presently no screen name
as the material girl has here own faults and failures.

No doubt that she's a first-class tramp and sanctimonious to boot, but when did she ever ask that her family--or anyone else--be responsible for her choices? Her fans might be nuts--they're obviously lacking taste--but they support her of their own free will. I've never known her to ask any quarter, you have to allow that.

44 posted on 10/23/2011 10:47:41 AM PDT by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: presently no screen name
You can bet they give him more than that, considering the photo of him up-thread.

Money is fungible; every cent (or good-equivilent) given “for food” is one more that can be spent on one’s vice.

That is why there is no such thing as "humanitarian aide".

45 posted on 10/23/2011 10:47:41 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: Tupelo; cripplecreek

“Like all stories, this one probably has two sides.”

Yes, I’m sure that’s true and cripplecreek makes an excellent point surmising you must be pretty messed up to get fired by your own father.

However, his sister really is mega-rich and I’d think she could set him up in some small way so at least he wasn’t living on the street and eating in a soup kitchen.

Anyway, I’d like to think I’d do that for my brother, no matter how messed up he was.


46 posted on 10/23/2011 10:49:15 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: truthkeeper

“Isn’t that the brother that used to be her producer...or something like that?”

No, I’m pretty sure that brother was Christopher, and I think he was younger.


47 posted on 10/23/2011 10:53:40 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: mia
The family has bent over backwards to help them and finally has given up because the substance abuser won’t or can’t help themselves.

Could I get a link to that?

48 posted on 10/23/2011 10:59:00 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Popman

>No family of mine will ever sleep under a bridge if I can help them....Unless they become a danger to themselves or me<

Me neither. It’s FAMILY. I even have a full-blown LIB brother whom I cannot stand, cannot talk to, cannot relate to....but I will never allow him to be homeless.


49 posted on 10/23/2011 11:00:43 AM PDT by max americana
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To: rickmichaels; mikrofon; Charles Henrickson

The Immaterial Boy.

50 posted on 10/23/2011 11:05:55 AM PDT by martin_fierro (Don't Cry For Me Traverse City)
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