“You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it’ … And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ Okay, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.” And he died in her arms.
“René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Henderson while under the care of a physician besides her wife after a long and brave battle against throat cancer,” Celine Dion’s publicist confirmed.
Born in Montreal, Angélil began his career in 1960’s as part of the Canadian pop rock group The Baronets, the group eventually broke up but Angélil continued to flourish as a music manager.
Dion and Angelil met in 11980 when the 12-year-old Dion recorded a demo and one of her brothers sent it to Angélil, who was a young producer by then. When Angélil didn’t reply, the Dions called him directly to listen to it. And when he did he was amazed by her excellent vocals that he mortgaged his house to pay for her debut album, “La Voix du Bon Dieu.”
As time went on their relationship grew even deeper and stronger, by 1988, the adult Dion had become a star winning the top prize at the Eurovision song contest in Dublin, Ireland and that’s when they fell in love.
In 1994 the couple said their vows. They have celebrated, their marriage with 3 children René-Charles, 15, and 5-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson and the other three children Angelil had from his previous marriages.
The award-winning singer devotedly executed her vows as promised 20 years ago particularly being there for her husband “through sickness and in health”. “Music is my passion. My family and my kids and my husband are my life” she said
When the music manager was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999, Dion, 47, retired for two years to help care for him. “I want to believe that I’m the best for him and at caring for him.” She said in one of the exclusive interviews.
In late 2013, Angélil underwent a procedure to remove a tumour from his throat. Dion postponed her Las Vegas residency, an Asia tour and other business activities to devote every ounce of strength and energy to her husband’s healing. “He needs me so much, and I really want to take care of him as well, when I stopped performing, I wanted to just be a wife and a mother.” She confirmed in an interview