Rene Angelil, the husband to award-winning singer Celine Dion, has died at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.
This is according Dion’s team who disclosed the sad news via a post on her Facebook page.
“It is with deep sadness that we announce that Rene Angelil, aged 73, died this morning at her residence in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer,” said Team Celine.
“The family wishes to live the mourning in privacy. Other information you will be provided in the next few days.”
Angelil was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. At that time he had the tumour removed from his neck and after treatment he recovered.
The couple reportedly first met in 1980 when she was only 12. She and her mother sent Angelil a demo tape and he was said to be moved to tears by Dion’s voice. He then helped her achieve stardom and was Dion’s manager for over 30 years but was forced to resign in 2013 due to ill health.
In March 2015, Dion revealed the extent of his illness and her role as a carer.
“He can’t use his mouth. He can’t eat so I feed him. He’s got a feeding tube. I have to feed him three times a day. I do this myself. So I feed my husband, then I feed my kids.”
Dion, back then, also told Taste of Life magazine that spirituality has been helpful to her during the illness.
“Life is not always perfect. You have to deal with it. Whatever life imposes – sickness, or whatever, you don’t have a choice. This is life, this is nature. But you do have the choice on how you’re going to go through this.”
Though best known for his relationship to Celine Dion, Angelil was also a pop singer in his own right. In the 1960s, he was a member of the French-Canadian group ‘The Baronets‘.