LAS VEGAS – Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband and manager, who molded her from a French-speaking Canadian ingénue into one of the world’s most successful singers, died Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer, officials and family members said.
The 73-year-old Angelil died in the suburban Las Vegas home in Henderson he shared with Dion and their three children.
Angelil died of natural causes under the care of a doctor, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said.
Court records indicate that Angelil agreed to pay Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung $2 million in “Hush money” after she claimed he fondled her in an elevator of the Imperial Palace hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Angelil told the Las Vegas Sun in 2003 that he paid the money because he was worried about his wife’s welfare as they struggled to conceive and that they didn’t “Need the stress.”
Dion said Angelil had talked about dying and even discussed his funeral plans.