René Angélil, husband of Canadian singer Celine Dion, has died following a long battle with cancer.
He was 73 years of age.
The news was confirmed in a statement on the singer’s Facebook page which read: “René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer. The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.” — Team Celine.
Angélil, who was himself a pop singer in the 1960s and a member of a pop rock group named “The Baronets”, became Dion’s manager in the 1980’s and even mortgaged his home to raise the funds for her first album, ‘La voix du bon Dieu’.
The couple married in 1994 in Montreal.
Angélil was diagnosed with throat cancer in the 90’s and has been battling the disease on and off since then, undergoing surgery initially in 1999 and again in 2013, when he had parts of his tongue removed.
It was announced in 2014 that Angélil would step back from the day-to-day management of his wife’s career to focus on his health and being a father to the couple’s three children, 14 year old René-Charles and five-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson.
He is also survived by two adult children from a previous relationship.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tweeted his condolences to the family.
My condolences to @CelineDion, and to the children, friends and loved ones of René Angélil on his passing.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) January 14, 2016