Another major death hits showbiz, as Celine Dion’s husband René Angélil succumbs to the throat cancer that has been bugging him for over a decade now.
Angélil passed away on the morning of Thursday, January 14, a statement from a rep for the family revealed. The 73 year old for several years served not only as the talented singer’s husband, but her mentor and manager as well; before the extremities of his condition curtailed his role.
“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” the rep said in the statement obtained by PEOPLE.
“The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment.”
“Mr. Angelil, 73, died of throat cancer at his home in Henderson while under the care of a physician,” the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner said in another statement to PEOPLE.
The publication further notes that “the coroner’s office added that Angélil’s death was due to natural causes and no further investigation into his death was expected.”
René was diagnosed with the ailment in 1999, and it returned several times as the years went by. His condition steadily deteriorated, especially in the last year or two. In 2014, the singer took a year off performing to be able to care more for her husband after he underwent surgery, only returning to the stage for the first time last August.
The pair got married in 1994, after a prior fruitful professional relationship. They went on to have three children; René-Charles, 14, and twins Nelson and Eddy, five.
Angelil has three children from a previous relationship; Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre.
Condolences to Celine Dion and the entire family at this time.