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R.I.P. René Angélil, Husband Of Celine Dion, 1942-2016

by Paul Cashmere on January 15, 2016

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René Angélil, the husband and manager of Celine Dion, has died from throat cancer at the age of 73.

Celine Dion announced her husband’s passing in a short statement at her website and on Twitter.

René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer. The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.

Celine and Angélil had three children, René-Charles (14) and twins Nelson and Eddy. René also has two adult children from his previous marriages, Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre.

Canadian Angélil was a singer in the 60s and had a hit in Canada with his band Les Baronets with their French version of The Beatles ‘Hold Me Tight’ called ‘C’est fou, mais c’est tour’.

When the group disbanded, Angélil started to manage acts and took over the careers of Canadian pop stars René Simard and Ginette Reno. In 1980 he heard a demo tape of a young Celine Dion and became her manager.

In 1992 Angélil suffered a heart attack at age 51. Then in 1998 he was diagnosed with malignant cancer after a lump was discovered on his neck. Celine paused her career while he recovered from throat cancer. Angélil then appeared in a Simple Plan video for ‘Save Me’ as a cancer survivor.

René Angélil died on January 14, 2016 at his home in Las Vegas.

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