Celine Dion’s husband, Rene Angelil, passed away last week after losing his battle to cancer.
The music producer and husband of Dion died at his Las Vegas home on Thursday (Jan. 14, 2016) due to throat cancer. Angelil was diagnosed with the cancer in 1999 and did make a recovery but later had to go through surgery when the cancer complicated things again in 2014 following the removal of a tumor at the end of 2013. He died two days before his birthday. He would be 74 years old. He is survived by his wife, his six children and seven grandchildren.
In September of 2015, the singer announced that her husband’s cancer was getting worse and only had a few more months to live. “I am scared of losing him, because it's bad," she told People back in March. "But I have to show myself, my husband and my kids that I'm strong and we're okay." She continued, “You can have your shaking knees at the end, but when someone you love falls and needs help, it's not time to cry. Afterwards, sure. But not yet.”
Angelil and Dion were together for 28 years and tied the knot in 1994. He was her manager for most of her singing career. However, he decided to discontinue that job to focus on his health once things started getting serious.
The following list takes you through other details you may not know about their 28-year romance.
15 They Lived Somewhere Distinct
14 Angelil Was a Pop Singer
13 Angelil Was Really Involved In The Music Industry
12 Their Crazy Age Difference
11 Angelil Invested A Lot In Dion's Career
10 Legal Troubles
9 Dion Knew She Was Going To Marry Angelil
8 Infertility Issues
7 Angelil Had Already Settled Down Before Dion
6 Their Net Worth Is Out Of This World
5 Over The Top Wedding
4 They Were Entrepreneurs
3 Dion Took A Leave Of Absence
2 Dion Won't Sing At Her Husband's Funeral
1 Angelil Had Many Wishes
Rene had many wishes such as the one of his funeral location being at the same spot of their wedding ceremony. His final wish, though, consisted of him dying in the arms of his wife. “I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it,’” Celine said. “And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ OK, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.’” It is no brainer that Rene was an amazing manager to Celine, considering her spectacular music career. He was an even better husband.
“But René really gave me a gift,” Celine continued. “All my grieving, it was during this last year. I think I’ve got this. For now. When it hits me, it’s going to hit me. But my biggest job is to tell my husband, we’re fine. I’ll take care of our kids. You’ll watch us from another spot.”
Sources: People.com ; SheKnows.com
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