Funeral arrangements for Céline Dion’s husband, René Angélil, have reportedly been released. The Canadian singer, who also managed his wife’s successful career, died Thursday at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.
Robin Leach, host of Las Vegas news site VegasDeluxe.com, is reporting that Angélil’s funeral service will be held in his hometown of Montreal. Leach says that Dion’s camp added that a “celebration of life ceremony” will be held in Las Vegas, which the couple called home since 2011, at a later date.
Dion confirmed on her website Thursday afternoon that her husband had died in their Las Vegas home earlier that morning after a “long and courageous battle with cancer.” Clark County Office of the Coroner/ Medical Examiner revealed to People magazine that Angélil had died of throat cancer “while under the care of a physician.” This was his third battle with throat cancer, which he was initially diagnosed with in 1999. In 2014 he underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his throat.
Dion last spoke out about her husband’s battle with cancer in August, telling USA Today that the returned to her residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for Angélil.
“Don’t forget, he’s been the leader of the band all my life,” she explained. “So it (hacks) him off to not see me all day and over here working. But he wants me to do this, do the show, do the interviews. But he freaks when I’m not home with him, too.”
Dion also revealed that Angélil gave her instructions for his funeral.
Céline Dion and René Angélil got married in 1994 in Montreal and renewed their vows in Las Vegas in 2000. In 2001 they welcomed their first child together, son René-Charles, and in 2010 expanded their family with twin boys Eddy and Nelson. Angélil is also survived by three children from previous marriages – Patrick, Jean Pierre and Anne Marie.