Ce­line Dion’s hus­band, Rene An­gelil, dies of can­cer at 73

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By Ethan Sacks

Ce­line Dion’s heart will have to go on with­out the love of her life, hus­band Rene An­gelil.

The 73-year-old An­gelil, who guided the French-Cana­dian singer to su­per­star­dom, “passed away this morn­ing as his home in Las Ve­gas af­ter a long and coura­geous bat­tle against can­cer,” a rep told Peo­ple Mag­a­zine in a state­ment.

An­gelil, who was 26 years his wife’s se­nior, had orig­i­nally been di­ag­nosed with throat can­cer in 1999 and staved off the dis­ease twice be­fore.

Dion im­me­di­ately can­celled the sched­uled Satur­day and Sun­day shows of her Las Ve­gas res­i­dency at the Cae­sars Palace in the wake of the news — but planned to re­turn for the Fe­bru­ary 23 show, the Las Ve­gas Re­view-Jour­nal re­ported.

The “All By My­self” singer re­turned to her res­i­dency in Au­gust af­ter tak­ing a year off to take care of her hus­band as he un­der­went ag­gres­sive treat­ments.

She told USA To­day at the time of her re­turn that An­gelil’s dy­ing wish was to “die in my arms.”

Sources close to the singer told the gos­sip site TMZ that the death was un­ex­pected, since the busi­ness­man felt bet­ter in re­cent weeks.

Dur­ing their high-pro­file courtship, the cou­ple en­dured plenty of scru­tiny be­cause of their age dif­fer­ence and An­gelil’s pro­fes­sional role in her life. But the ro­mance proved to be as strong as the lyrics of a Dion bal­lad since their 1994 mar­riage.

He stepped down as her man­ager in June 2014.

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