René Angélil, musician and husband of worldwide singing sensation Celine Dion, died on Thursday, January 14, after battling throat cancer. He was 73.
Angelil, who Dion married in 1994 and with whom she has three children, died at home in Las Vegas from cancer.
“It’s with profound sadness that we are announcing that René Angélil, 73, died this morning at his Las Vegas home after a courageous battle with cancer. The family wishes to mourn in private,” her website said. “Other information will be provided in the next few days.”
The Canadian entertainment manager discovered Dion when she was 12-years-old and drove her career to stardom.
His illness, first diagnosed in 1999, prompted Dion to put her career on hold in 2014, suspending her Las Vegas residency. Dion said Angélil supported her later return to the stage last year after a year-long hiatus. He stepped down as her manager in 2014 turning her career over to a friend of the couple but he remained involved in business decisions.
The Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner also released a separate statement regarding Angélil’s death. “Mr. Angélil, 73, died of throat cancer at his home in Henderson while under the care of a physician,” Clark County coroner John Fudenberg said in a statement. “We have determined Mr. Angélil’s death was due to natural causes. No further investigation into his death is expected. Our condolences go out to Mr. Angélil’s family and friends during this difficult time for them.”
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