Céline Dion's Husband René Angélil Dies After Losing Battle with Cancer

05/22/2008. Celine Dion receives the 'Legion d'Honneur' by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, at the Elysee Palace, in Paris.

René Angélil, husband of Céline Dion, has died after losing his lengthy battle with cancer.

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

Angélil, who guided Dion’s career as her manager and mentor, is survived by the couple’s three children – René-Charles, 14, and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy – and his adult children from a previous relationship, Anne-Marie, Patrick and Jean-Pierre.

“Mr. Angelil, 73, died of throat cancer at his home in Henderson while under the care of a physician,” the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner said in a statement to PEOPLE.

The coroner’s office added that Angélil’s death was due to natural causes and no further investigation into his death was expected.

Angélil battled three bouts of cancer.

“We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know,” Dion said in a candid interview with USA TODAY in August. “But they say they don’t know.”

So sad.

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