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Celine Dion reveals husband Rene Angelil died after falling out his bed

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Published 24/05/2016 | 15:37

Rene Angelil was Celine Dion's husband and manager
Rene Angelil was Celine Dion's husband and manager
Honoree Celine Dion (L), recipient of the Icon Award, and Rene-Charles Angelil pose in the Photo Room during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards
Celine and her manager husband Rene
Celine Dion with her husband and manager Rene Angelil, following a press conference at the Molson Centre in Montreal, in this September 8, 1999 file photo

Celine Dion's partner and longtime manager Rene Angelil died after falling out his bed, and his body was found by a nurse.

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The My Heart Will Go On singer was thrown into mourning when her husband passed away in January, aged 73, after a battle with cancer.

Rene had hoped Celine would be there when he passed, but she was away singing the night he fell out of bed and died, and she didn't realise what had happened until the following day because she hadn't wanted to disturb him when she returned home.

"Rene wanted to die in my arms but, alas, I was singing that night," she told a Paris Match magazine. "He must have wanted to get up and he fell on the floor...

Honoree Celine Dion (L), recipient of the Icon Award, and Rene-Charles Angelil pose in the Photo Room during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards
Honoree Celine Dion (L), recipient of the Icon Award, and Rene-Charles Angelil pose in the Photo Room during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

"Normally, after my show when he had taken his last medications, I gave him a kiss, tucking him in and sent him off to sleep. That evening I didn't want to wake him. It was the nurse who found him the next day. Distraught, she came to find me. I went into the room."

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Celine, 48, was "haunted" by the thought that Rene may have hurt himself in the fall, but she was relieved when the doctor told her he hadn't suffered "any fracture or wound or bleed".

"I called the doctor, who I had to comfort, saying, 'Rene won't suffer any more, it's better this way,'" she added. She also recalled giving Rene her dressing gown and placing a stuffed toy with a big heart he had once given her under his head while telling him "not to worry about the kids".

Celine Dion with her husband and manager Rene Angelil, following a press conference at the Molson Centre in Montreal, in this September 8, 1999 file photo
Celine Dion with her husband and manager Rene Angelil, following a press conference at the Molson Centre in Montreal, in this September 8, 1999 file photo

Celine and Rene married in 1994 and had three sons together, Rene-Charles, Nelson and Eddy.

Rene-Charles surprised his mother on Sunday by presenting her with the Icon Award at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, causing her to break down in tears while on stage.

Singer Celine Dion is embraced by her husband and manager Rene Angelil and their son Rene-Charles Angelil after the final performance of her show
Singer Celine Dion is embraced by her husband and manager Rene Angelil and their son Rene-Charles Angelil after the final performance of her show "A New Day..." at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace December 15, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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