Celine Dion’s husband perishes to battle with cancer

Celine Dion
FILE - In this May 17, 2015 file photo, Celine Dion poses at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Dion will honor the victims of the attacks in Paris at the American Music Awards on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. ABC and dick clark productions say that Dion will perform a rendition of Edith Piaf’s "Hymne à L’Amour" in French at the ceremony to pay tribute to those affected by last week's attacks. (Photo by Eric Jamison/Invision/AP, FIle)

LAS VEGAS, NV (WIVB) — René Angélil, long-time husband to Celine Dion, lost his battle with cancer Thursday in the couple’s Las Vegas home.

Dion released a brief statement, requesting privacy after the death of her 73-year-old husband. The two had three children together.

“Angélil passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” Dion said.

Angélil’s battle was against throat cancer, and officials say his death was of natural causes.

Dion promised additional details to follow at a later time, but noted she would need to take care of family matters.

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