Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband and manager, has died at the age of 73

The singer’s former mentor whom she met aged 12, after he died following a 20 year battle with cancer.

Dion’s team said in a post on her Facebook page.

“It is with deep sadness that we announce that Rene Angelil, aged 73, died this morning at her residence in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer,” said Team Celine.

“The family wishes to live the mourning in privacy. Other information you will be provided in the next few days.”

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In August, Dion revealed her husband’s final wish was to be with the singer when he passed away.

Recalling their conversation, she said: ‘I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it.’

‘And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ OK, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.’