René Angélil, musician and husband of worldwide singing sensation Celine Dion, died on Thursday, January 14, after battling throat cancer, his rep confirms to Us Weekly. He was 73.
|Rene Angélil and Celine Dion during the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002. KMazur/WireImage|
"René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," the statement to Us read. "The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time."
Angélil was born and raised in Montreal and embarked there on a music career in the 1960s. Eventually, he went into the artist management side of the business and became Dion's manager. The French-Canadian couple married in 1994, a few years before Dion cemented her legendary status with her biggest, most iconic song, "My Heart Will Go On,” which was featured in James Cameron's Oscar-winning flick, Titanic.
Celine Dion and Rene Angélil during the opening night of 'A New Day' at the post-concert press conference at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev. Tony Barson/WireImage
Dion and her husband share three kids: eldest son René-Charles, 14, and twin boys Nelson and Eddy, 5.
culled from USMagazine.com