CONDOLENCES: Celine Dion’s Husband Rene Angelil Passes Away

Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil Passes Away
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Celine Dion’s Husband Rene Angelil Passes Away

It’s with a heavy heart that I report Celine Dion‘s husband, Rene Angelil, passed away early Thursday morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

Via People:

“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning as his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” the rep said in a statement. “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.”

Angélil, who guided Dion’s career as her manager and mentor, is survived by the couple’s three 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.

“We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know,” Dion said in a candid interview with the USA TODAY” in August. “But they say they don’t know.”

The “My Heart Will Go On” singer added that she promised to keep Angélil’s dying wish.

“I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it’ … And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ Okay, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”

My love, prayers, and condolences go out to Celine and her family during this difficult time.

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