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Céline Dion’s Husband René Angélil Dead at 73

Céline Dion’s Husband René Angélil Dead at 73

Singer Céline Dion’s husband and longtime manager René Angélil has died, reports People. He was 73.

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

TMZ reports that his death came as a shock because he had been feeling better lately, and had even planned to attend business meetings on Thursday.  

Angélil is survived by Dion and their sons René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy, as well as his adult children from a previous relationship, Anne-Marie, Patrick, and Jean-Pierre.

Dion opened up about René’s struggle with cancer in an interview with “Today” last year, revealing that his wish was to die in her arms.

"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.'"