Celine Dion’s husband and former manager, Rene Angelil, has died after a years-long battle with throat cancer.
“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle. The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment,” said the rep in a statement.
Rene Angelil passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer. https://t.co/JOeLaOfbSBADVERTISEMENT
— Celine Dion (@celinedion) January 14, 2016
Angelil was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999, when Dion took a brief career break to help him recover. Angelil’s cancer returned in 2014, after recovering from a tumour surgery in 2013.
The 5 times Grammy winner first met Angelil when she was only 12-years-old and went on to manage her thriving career. To date, Dion has recorded over 25 studio albums and she is one of the world’s highest paid recording artists.
The couple have 3 children together: Rene-Charles Jr., 14, and 5-year-old twins Eddy, and Nelson. Angelil also has 3 other children from 2 previous marriages.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dion’s family and loved ones during their time of loss. RIP Angelil.