Céline Dion’s Husband René Angélil Loses Long Battle With Cancer

Céline Dion’s husband lost his long battle with cancer on Thursday morning.

René Angélil was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998.

A rep for the family confirmed: “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.”

As Céline’s manager Angélil guided his wife’s prestigious career and is survived by the couple’s three children – René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy – as well as Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre, his adult children from previous marriages.

The 73-year-old’s health got so bad last year that Céline took a leave of absence from her Las Vegas show to take care of him.

The Clark County  coroner’s office confirmed Angélil’s death was due to natural causes and no further investigation into his death was expected.

Born in Montreal, Angélil began his career as part of the Canadian pop rock group The Baronets in the 1960s.

But when the band broke up Angélil found success as a music manager.

It was in 1980 he discovered Céline, then just 12, after she submitted a demo tape of a song she had written with her mother.

He signed her shortly afterwards, mortgaging his home to pay for her debut album La Voix Du Bon Dieu.

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 Céline in 1994.

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