REST IN PEACE

Celine Dion's Husband René Angélil Has Died of Cancer

By Jason Marshall

 

UPDATED 01/15/2016: Following the revelation that her husband had passed away on Thursday, Celine Dion has also canceled several upcoming performances at her residency in Las Vegas. In a statement released on her official website, AEG and Caesar's Palace reveal which shows will be affected and when fans can expect to see Dion onstage again. 

With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Celine performances Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace have been cancelled. Celine earlier today announced the death of her husband Rene Angelil after a long fight with cancer. The couple had celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary last month. Celine will return to The Colosseum on February 23 to resume performances. All of us at AEG and at Caesars Palace have Celine and her children in our thoughts and prayers.

 

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It's with a heavy heart that we report the death of Celine Dion's husband of 21 years, René Angélil

People confirmed the news exclusively Thursday, thanks to a statement from the manager's rep. 

"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 a statement. "The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time." 

Angelil's passing comes just two days before his 74th birthday and closely following the passings of both David Bowie and Alan Rickman, also of cancer. 

He's survived by his six children, three of whom are adults and from relationships that came prior to the one he started with Dion in 1987. 

René essentially discovered the "My Heart Will Go On" singer in 1980 - when she was just 12 years old - and would go on to manage her career for 30 years. They married on December 17th, 1994.

 

 

His health has been in decline for years; he's battled throat cancer three separate times since 1998. 

In an interview from this past September, Dion admitted that the latest round of illness had been diagnosed as terminal and he'd been given "weeks to live."

She added that her husband had made one dying wish that she intended to keep. 

"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." 

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Rest in peace. 

 

 

tags: Celine Dion, René Angélil