René Angélil, the husband of award-winning Canadian singer Celine Dion, is dead. René died on Thursday at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer. The popular musician took to her official website to announce the passing to her fans who she had initially asked to pray for him.
The message on her official website read;
“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.”
While most Celine Dion’s fans knew Rene as her manager and husband, he was actually a pop singer in the 1960s. Rene was part of the French Canadian group, The Baronets, and they had success translating English-language pop hits into French for the Quebec part of Canada.
As a Canadian entertainment manager, Rene discovered Celine when she was 12 and raised her to international stardom. He married her in 1994 at a lavished wedding in Montreal’s Notre Dame Basilica.
Angélil stepped down as Dion’s manager in 2014, turning her career over to a friend of the couple but he remained involved in business decisions. Dion told Good Morning America in early 2015 that Angélil, who had throat cancer, had to eat with the help of a feeding tube three times a day, and was not able to talk or swallow.
Speaking further on the cause of his death, the Clark County Office stated that Angélil died of throat cancer at his home in Henderson while under the care of a physician adding that the technical medical description of the cause of death is “squamous carcinoma of the floor of the mouth.”
More so, the coroner disclosed some facts to a public media saying “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.”
Angélil’s illness, first diagnosed in 1999, prompted Dion to put her career on hold in 2014, suspending her Las Vegas residency. Dion said he supported her later return to the stage.
Meanwhile, spokeswoman for the mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre, said on Thursday that flags were flying at half-staff in honor of Angelil.
“My condolences to @CelineDion, and to the children, friends and loved ones of René Angélil on his passing,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.
He is also survived by their children René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, and his adult children from a previous relationship, Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre.
Our heartfelt condolences prayers go out to Rene’s family and friends during this time of loss. May his soul rest in peace.