Probably the saddest news to hit the music industry is this – the passing away of Rene Angelil, husband of Canadian pop royalty, Celine Dion.
The star’s manager and husband of more than 3 decades was fighting a losing battle with throat cancer, that later resulted in the removal of part of his tongue, impairing his speech. When he was first diagnosed with the fatal sickness, Dion took a break from her career, stating: “I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband’s healing, and to do so, it’s important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children.”
However, she later returned to the stage with resident performances at the Colosseum in Las Vegas. Her appearances were nothing short of spectacular and with 100% soul, despite the personal struggles she was facing. And oh, they were all orchestrated by none other than her Number 1 fan, Angelil. She later went on to say: “I didn’t want to be here at first, I don’t need it. Don’t get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities. But Rene really gave me a gift. 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.”
The couple share three children together, all boys: Rene-Charles, Eddy and Nelson.
Their fairytale story started out when Celine was just 12, having sent a demo tape of a song she and her family had written together, to then pop singer, Rene Angelil. He was so enamored by her and her outstanding voice that he even mortgaged his home to help her produce and record her first album. Later, this manager-friendship blossomed into something of a romance when they started dating, Celine being a tender 19-year-old then. The couple later married.
An official announcement of his passing was made on Celine’s website. The singer has also cancelled her scheduled shows till the end of February. Rene Angelil was 73. May his soul RIP and we forward our heartfelt condolences to his family, including Celine Dion and their sons.
Check out this heart-wrenching timeline of their romance:
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