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Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil dies after long cancer battle

Published 14/01/2016

Céline Dion and René Angélil
Céline Dion and René Angélil
René Angélil and Celine Dion
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Singer Celine Dion (R) and manager Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil have had twin boys
Céline Dion
Celine Dion
Celine Dion
Celine Dion

Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil has died at the age of 73 following a long battle with cancer.

The My Heart Will Go On singer's longtime companion passed away this morning following a fight against throat cancer.

The news was broken this evening on the singer's Facebook page which said Rene died after a "long and courageous fight against cancer".

The statement said: "It is with deep sadness that we announce that René Angélil, aged 73, died this morning at her residence in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer."

This was Rene's third bout with the disease.

Celine and her manager of over 30 years wed in 1994  and have three children together, Rene-Charles (14) and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.

Rene also has three adult children from his previous marriages.

Angelil started out as a singer in the 1960s, forming Montreal, Canada pop rock group The Baronets with his childhood friend Pierre Labelle.

He went into management when the band split in the 1970s, and represented fellow Quebec entertainers Rene Simard and Ginette Reno, among other pop acts.

He won the Felix Award for Manager of the Year in 1987 and 1988, but his career really took off when he discovered Celine Dion as a pre-teen. Rene helped the French-speaking singer develop her signature sound throughout her teens and they fell in love, marrying in December, 1994. Celine, who is 26 years younger than her husband, became his third wife.

Angelil suffered a string of medical setbacks over the past two decades - he had a heart attack in 1992 and underwent cancer surgery in 1998.

He also battled and beat throat cancer, but the disease returned in 2013, forcing him to undergo surgery again. The health crisis forced him to step down as Dion's manager, and in September, 2015, his wife revealed that Angelil's cancer was terminal.

His is the third major cancer-related death in five days - David Bowie succumbed to the disease on Sunday and Alan Rickman lost his battle with cancer earlier on Thursday

The family have requested privacy.

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