Sad news! Celine Dion‘s husband loses his battle to cancer. Rene Angelil, was diagnosed with throat cancer for a second time, in 2013.


“Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at 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.”




Last year, Dion caught up with Las Vegas Sun, after Rene was hospitalized to receive a life-saving cancer treatment. In an emotional interview Dion expressed that her husband’s condition was a push for her to jump back on the stage “before he goes. “The reality is hard, but we have the ticket to live today,” said Dion. “Today, we’re alive, and we’re going for it.”


A few hours ago Celine tweeted:



Angélil, who guided Dion’s career as her manager and mentor, 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.



Our prayers go out to Celine & her family at this difficult time.