Céline Dion’s husband René Angélil has died, his rep has confirmed.
“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning as 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.
René is survived by the couple’s three children – René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy – and his adult children from a previous relationship, Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre.
René battled three bouts of cancer.
“We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know,” Celine said in August. “But they say they don’t know.”
Celine said in a recent interview that she promised to keep René’s dying wish.
“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.”