Just a month after the couple's 21st wedding anniversary, Las Vegas said goodbye to one of its proudest residents as Celine's Dion's husband, René Angélil, passed away at the age of 73 on Thursday.
"I have to show myself, my husband and my kids that I'm strong and we're okay," the Grammy Award-winning singer told People of her husband's health issues in March of last year. "René says to me, 'I want to die in your arms.' Okay, fine, I'll be there, you'll die in my arms." Angélil's long battle with throat cancer has come to an end. But as the song says, Dion's heart will go on — as will the pair's decades-spanning love story.
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The couple met in 1980, back when Dion was just a 12-year-old singer with a dream and Angélil was a struggling record producer when Dion's demo came across his desk. A year later, he mortgaged his house to fund the creation of her debut album, La Voix du Bon Dieu. And the rest, as they say, is history.
By 1994, Dion had a Grammy Award, an Oscar, and her true love — the manager who had lead her to global stardom. "At 17, 18-years-old, my feelings started to change for him. I kind of saw him differently," Dion said, explaining the beginning of their romance to Access Hollywood. She dedicated her album The Colour of My Love to Angélil and then at 24, the "Because You Loved Me" singer married her sweetheart in a lavish, broadcasted ceremony. (Seriously, who could ever forget that epic bridal headpiece?)
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Dion and Angélil ended up having three children together — René-Charles, 14, and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy — and an epic tandem career, taking over Vegas with Dion's impressive pipes and her husband's expert management. In 1999, Angélil was diagonsed with cancer, that later returned in 2014. "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," Dion previously told USA Today. After such an unforgettable love story, we have no doubts about that.