Céline Dion’s husband, René Angélil, dies after long battle with cancer

Posted at 3:22 PM, Jan 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-14 17:26:19-05

LAS VEGAS – René Angélil, the husband of singer Céline Dion, died Thursday.

“René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” according to a post on Céline Dion’s website.

“The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time,” the post read.

Angélil, Dion’s longtime collaborator, stepped aside as his wife’s manager in June 2014 because of his battle with throat cancer. That August, Dion put her career on a temporary hold to help him fight the disease.

Angélil is survived by his wife and the couple’s three children, René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy — and his adult children from a previous relationship, Anne-Marie, Jean-Pierre and Patrick.