Sunday 26 March 2017

Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil loses cancer battle

Rene Angelil (L) and his wife, singer Celine Dion, arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Rene Angelil (L) and his wife, singer Celine Dion, arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Canadian singer Celine Dion (R), with her husband Rene Angelil and their child Rene-Charles, arrives at the Elysee palace to be awarded Knight in the order of The Legion of Honour by French President Nicolas Sarkozy on May 22, 2008 in Paris
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.
Singer Celine Dion performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace as she resumes her residency on August 27, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Singer Celine Dion poses with her husband Rene Angelil at Sony Music Entertainments Grammys after party at Mortons restaurant February 27, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
Singer Celine Dion and her husband and manager Rene Angelil pose after Dion performed at the 41st annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the South Coast Hotel & Casino September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Rene Angelil with wife Celine Dion

Rene Angelil, the husband and manager of Celine Dion, has died after battling cancer.

A post on the singer's official Facebook page confirmed the news on Thursday, saying: "It is with deep sadness that we announce that Rene Angelil, aged 73, died this morning ... in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer."

The family asked to be left alone to mourn in private.

Angelil was born in Montreal to a Canadian mother and Syrian father. He was in a music group called Les Baronets until 1972, when he began to manage the careers of several singers.

Singer Celine Dion and her husband and manager Rene Angelil pose after Dion performed at the 41st annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the South Coast Hotel & Casino September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Singer Celine Dion and her husband and manager Rene Angelil pose after Dion performed at the 41st annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association at the South Coast Hotel & Casino September 3, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In 1980 Dion's mother sent him an audio tape of her then 12-year-old daughter. He took her on and launched her first English-language album in 1990.

Angelil crafted Dion's career, propelling her to international success.

The couple, who were 26 years apart in age, married in an elaborate ceremony in 1994.

The star won Grammy awards for songs including My Heart Will Go On, the theme to the popular Titanic film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.

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.

Dion returned to her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August 2015 after taking a year off to care for her husband.

Angelil is survived by Dion and their three children, Rene-Charles, who was born in 2001 and twins Nelson and Eddy, who arrived in 2010.

He also has a son and daughter from his previous two marriages.

Singer Celine Dion poses with her husband Rene Angelil at Sony Music Entertainments Grammys after party at Mortons restaurant February 27, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)
Singer Celine Dion poses with her husband Rene Angelil at Sony Music Entertainments Grammys after party at Mortons restaurant February 27, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by David Klein/Getty Images)

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