The announcement of his death was posted up on Dion’s website:
“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.”
Angélil decided to work with Dion when she was at the age of 12 and became her manager ever since. He leaves behind three children, Nelson Angelil, René-Charles Angelil, Eddy Angelil as well as two other from previous marriage.
Dion’s show that was set to be on the 16th & 17th of January at the Caesar’s Palace was canceled, although president of the venue, Gary Selesner released a statement saying:
“We are incredibly saddened by the loss of our friend and partner René Angélil, Céline Dion’s husband, and our heart goes out to Céline and the family. It is impossible to overstate the impact René and of course Céline have had on the history of entertainment in Las Vegas and at Caesars Palace, with his audacious vision regarding her residency, now 13 years and counting. René was truly an amazing human being, showman and businessman, and over these many years became a loved and cherished member of the Caesars Palace family. On behalf of our owners, management and employees, we will forever be grateful for his love and friendship. On a personal note I will miss him greatly. There will never be another René Angélil.”