Celine Dion's husband perishes to battle with cancer

LAS VEGAS, NV (WIVB) -- René Angélil, long-time husband to Celine Dion, lost his battle with cancer Thursday in the couple's Las Vegas home.

Dion released a brief statement, requesting privacy after the death of her 73-year-old husband. The two had three children together.

"Angélil passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," Dion said.

Angélil's battle was against throat cancer, and officials say his death was of natural causes.

Dion promised additional details to follow at a later time, but noted she would need to take care of family matters.

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