Celine Dion’s husband, René Angélil, died after years of silently battling throat cancer. He was 73.
The news was confirmed Thursday on the singers’s website when a post stated that Angélil died at their home in Las Vegas.
“The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time,” the statement read.
In August, Celine Dion told USA TODAY that Rene’s final wish is to be with her when he passes away and so she promised him she will be at his side until the end, to support “the only boyfriend I’ve ever had.”
Celine shared: “René says to me, ”I want to die in your arms.” OK, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”
Celine Dion cancelled her shows at The Colosseum this weekend but is scheduled to be back as planned on Feb 23, USA Today wrote citing a statement from Caesar’s Palace.
Angélil and Celine Dion met when she was 12; he later became her manager. They tied the knot in 1994 and have three children: René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins, Nelson and Eddy. Angélil also has three adult children from his two previous marriages.
Angélil suffered a heart attack in 1992 and after doctors found a lump on his neck, he was diagnosed with malignant cancer in 1998 . Angélil’s cancer returned in 2014, following the removal of a tumor in December 2013, People magazine wrote.
This led Celine Dion to put her career on hold multiple times to care for her husband’s ongoing health issues.
In August 2015, Dion made an emotional come back on stage. She also paid a heart-breaking tribute to Rene as she shares home videos of him during a performance in Las Vegas, the Daily Mail reported.
Before the “My Hearth Will Go On” singer started singing, she told the audience: “I hope that by now you have got the message that tonight’s show is very, very personal to me.”
Rene has been on a feeding tube for the last two years. After a series of procedures in Boston hospitals, he was back living at the family’s home in Las Vegas.