It is so sad to hear that after a long courageous battle to fight cancer, Rene Angelil, husband of Celine Dion has died from it. Rene Angelil, 73 passed away two days ago at home in Las Vegas. His rep confirmed it exclusively to People magazine. The rep said in a statement. “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment.”
“Mr. Angelil, 73, died of throat cancer at his home in Henderson while under the care of a physician,” the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner said in a statement to PEOPLE.
Angélil began his career as part of the Canadian pop rock group The Baronets in the 1960s. While the group had a modest number of hits, they eventually broke up and Angélil found success as a music manager. In 1980, he discovered Dion. Angélil was married twice before he wed his protégée – first to Denyse Duquette from 1966-1972, then to singer Anne Renée from 1974-1980. The music manager tied the knot with Dion in 1994.
Angelil battled cancer three times, leading Dion to put her singing career on hold to care for her husband’s ongoing health issues. Is this why Dion has not made any latest albums or concerts?
“We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know,” Dion said in a candid interview with USA TODAY in August. “But they say they don’t know.”
“I am scared of losing him, because it’s bad.” She told PEOPLE exclusively in March. “But I have to show myself, my husband and my kids that I’m strong and we’re okay. The “My Heart Will Go On” singer added that she promised to keep Angélil’s dying wish.“I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it’ … And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ Okay, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”
The singer said she will keep a brave face till the end. “You can have your shaking knees at the end, but when someone you love falls and needs help, it’s not time to cry.” She adds “Afterwards, sure. But not yet.”
Celine Dion will not perform in Vegas till February as she wants time to mourn over this tragic death.