Celine Dion's husband Rene Angelil dies after "long battle against cancer"

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Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, has died at the age 73 following a battle with cancer.

Celine announced the sad news in a statement on her website, explaining that Rene died in their Las Vegas home.

Rene Angelil and Celine Dion at Veronic Voices Opening.
28 June 2013.

© Judy Eddy/WENN.com

The statement read:

"René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer. The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time."

Celine and Rene married in 1994. He was Celine's former manager and the couple shared three children, René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.

He is also father to Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre from previous marriages.

Rene, who was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 2000, discovered singing sensation Celine when she was just 12 years old.