René Angélil, husband of pop superstar Celine Dion, has passed away at the age of 73. A statement on Celine's Facebook page confirmed:
It is with deep sadness that we announce that René Angélil, aged 73, died this morning at her residence in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer. The family wishes to live the mourning in privacy. Other information you will be provided in the next few days.
- Team Celine -
Angélil was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. Celine had recently taken time off from her Las Vegas residency at Cesar's Palace to care for her husband. It was confirmed by the Clark County Coroner's Office that Mr. Angélil passed away at his home in Henderson, Nevada under the care of a physician.
Angélil guided Dion early in her career and acted as her manager for 30 years before stepping down after being diagnosed with cancer. He is survived by three children with Dion; a 14 year old son, Rene Charles and 5-year-old twins, Nelson and Eddy as well as adult his children from a previous relationship.
Our hearts go out to Celine Dion and her children.