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Celine Dion's Husband and Former Manager Rene Angelil Dies At 73

Celine Dion's husband and former manager Rene Angelil has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

"Mr. Angelil, 73, died of throat cancer at his home in Henderson while under the care of a physician," coroner John Fudenberg says in a statement. "We have determined Mr. Angelil's death was due to natural causes."

The 47-year-old Canadian born singer told fans on social media: "Rene Angelil passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer."

The couple, parents to three children between the ages of 14 and 5, had been married for 21 years.

Angelil famously mortgaged his house to pave Dion's road to stardom after receiving a recording of the then 12-year-old singer from her mother.

"At that time I had been in the business for 20 years," Angelil said in a 1991 interview. "In those 20 years, I had never heard or had a feeling come out of someone like this little girl I had in front of me. I had shivers all over, you know."

Dion's Las Vegas shows on Saturday and Sunday have been cancelled.

January 15, 2016 |

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