People is reporting that RenĂ© AngĂ©lil, Celine Dion’s husband of 21 years, died Thursday morning at the age of 73 in the couple’s Las Vegas home. AngĂ©lil, who was also Dion’s manager, was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999, and has been fighting “a long and courageous battle” against the disease ever since.

When Dion returned to her Vegas residency last fall, she told USA Today:

“I didn’t want to be here at first, I don’t need it. Don’t get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities. But my biggest job is to tell my husband, we’re fine. I’ll take care of our kids. You’ll watch us from another spot.


I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it’ 
 And RenĂ© says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ Okay, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”

And now, because there has been too much death today, let’s look at images of RenĂ© and Celine during happier times:




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