Celine Dion's husband René Angélil dies aged 73

The singer's former manager died "after a long and courageous fight against cancer"

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Canadian singer Celine Dion, right, and her husband Rene Angelil. Image: MICHEL SPINGLER / AP/Press Association Images

Celine Dion's husband and former manager René Angélil has died at age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.

René had been suffering from throat cancer for many years.

A statement posted in French on Dion's official Facebook page said René died at their home in Las Vegas.

 

C'est avec une profonde tristesse que nous vous annonçons que René Angélil, 73 ans, est décédé ce matin à sa résidence...

Posted by Celine Dion on Thursday, 14 January 2016

The family has asked for space to mourn in private.

Dion and Angélil were married in Montreal in 1994. They have three children.