According to the story: “Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against throat cancer,” the rep said in a statement. “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment,” entertainment.suntimes.com reports.
''Angelil, a Montreal native who had a career as a Canadian pop singer in the 1960s before turning to managing, discovered Quebec songstress Celine Dion when she was 12 and went on to manage her thriving career and become her husband. … In August 2014, Dion, 47, announced that she was postponing her career “indefinitely” to care for her husband, whom she married in December 1994. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999 (Dion put aside her career then as well) and had surgery in December 2013 that removed part of his tongue and limited his speech.
“I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children,” Dion said then. However, she returned to her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Aug. 27, with performances scheduled through June.”