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Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil Dies At 73

Celine Dion Husband Dead
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Jan. 14 2016, Updated 8:01 p.m. ET

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After years of suffering, Celine Dion's beloved husband of more than 20 years died today.

"Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," his rep said in a statement. "The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment."

The 47-year-old singer's manager husband is survived by their oldest son Rene-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson. Angelil also has three grown children from a previous relationship.

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In August, Dion paid tribute to her ailing husband in a video during one of her concerts.

Angelil was smiling bravely and offered a gentle wave to fans in the film.

"It's important to open your eyes in the morning and look at yourself in the mirror and ask two questions: 'Are you dead, or do you have a ticket to ride?'" she asked fans. "There are just two tickets. If you're alive, have a good day. Because today is the most important day of your life."

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