Celine Dion's husband of 21 years lost his battle with cancer on January 14. Rene Angelil passed away at the age of 73. Like his wife, he was a native of Canada, born in Montreal in 1942 to a Syrian father and Lebanese mother. A statement given to People Magazine said that Angelil died 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."
Angelil is survived by the couple's three children, Rene-Charles, 14, and their twins, Nelson and Eddy, 5. He has three children from previous relationships, Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre. Angelil and Dion's children were born through in-vitro fertilization and the couple had failed to conceive. The couple's twins were born through Caesarean section.
TMZ reports that Angelil was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. In 2015, his cancer was so bad that Dion took a break from her standing engagement at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas as well as canceling a tour in Asia. Following Angelil's dead, Dion released a statement on Facebook saying, "It is with deep sadness that we announce that René Angélil, aged 73, died this morning at her residence in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer. The family wishes to live the mourning in privacy. Other information you will be provided in the next few days."
Here are the photos of Dion and Angelil from the last 21 years that tell the story of their love: