René Angélil dies aged 73

  • 15/01/2016
René and Celine receive the Order of Canada. (Reuters)
René and Celine receive the Order of Canada. (Reuters)

René Angélil, the husband of award-winning singer Celine Dion, has died at the age of 73 after a long battle with cancer.

The announcement was made in a post on Dion's Facebook page.

"It is with deep sadness that we announce that René Angélil, aged 73, died this morning at his residence in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer," said Team Celine.

"The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment. Other information you will be provided in the next few days."

Angélil was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998.

Coroner John Fudenberg said his office in Clark County, Las Vegas, was notified on Thursday of Angélil's death.

Angélil died at home in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson under the care of a doctor.

Fudenberg said he died of natural causes and no further investigation is expected.

Dion and Angélil have three children.

Celine won Grammy awards for songs including the Titanic theme My Heart Will Go On.

She returned to her residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in August after taking a year off to care for her husband.