Our thoughts and prayers are with the legendary Céline Dion.
Her husband, René Angélil, passed away on Thursday (Jan. 14), their rep confirms to People.
The statement reads: “Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” the rep said in a statement. “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment.”
Dion took several lengthy breaks to be by her husband’s side throughout the years while he struggled with throat cancer, but his dying wish was for to continue performing.
“We have asked [doctors] many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? René wants to know,” Dion said in an interview with USA TODAY in August. “But they say they don’t know.”
“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.’ Okay, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms. You can have your shaking knees at the end, but when someone you love falls and needs help, it’s not time to cry,” she said. “Afterwards, sure. But not yet.”