This week has been heartbreaking for deaths. David Bowie passed away at the age of 69 from cancer, Alan Rickman also passed at the same age also from cancer. Just announced, the husband of Céline Dion, René Angélil, has also passed away from throat cancer at the age of 73.
"René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," Dion's team wrote on her official website. "The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time."
Angélil had been battling cancer yet again and initially forced Dion to postpone her career indefinitely. After a family discussion and insistence from Angélil, Dion returned to her Vegas residency in Aug. 2015. Angélil passed in his home in Henderson, Nevada. He is survived by their 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.
Céline Dion and René Angélil met when Dion was just 12 years old. Dion's mother and brother wrote her first song, "Ce N'était Qu'Un Rêve" ("It Was Only A Dream") and passed it on to the talent manager. When Dion took the pen pretending it to be a microphone, fate had been sealed for her career. She released her first album La Voix du Bon Dieu in Québec and the rest was history.
As she grew through her teenage years, she began developing feelings for Angélil. Keeping it a secret for many years as they had 26 years in age difference, she clearly could not anymore and the two would be married in 1994 and the song "The Colour of My Love" from the album of the same name was a dedication to their love.
Angélil's first scare with cancer came in 1999. Dion performed one last show in Québec at the turning of the millennium and took a break so the couple could work on having their first child. After several unsuccessful attempts, she gave birth to René-Charles. She then returned to music in 2003 when The Colosseum was built in Las Vegas just for her show "A New Day...," a Cirque du Soleil-like show created with the mastermind behind that and many others, Franco Dragone.
Returning to the stage in 2015, Angélil stepped down as her longtime manager but remained close to her and her career.