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René Angélil, CM OQ (January 16, 1942 - January 14, 2016) was a Canadian singer and manager. He was the husband and former manager of singer Celine Dion.
Angélil was born in Montreal, Québec, Canada, of a father of Syrian descent and a Lebanese mother. He was Melkite Catholic and studied at College Saint-Viateur (high school), in Outremont and at College André-Grasset (post secondary), in Montreal.
Angélil started out as a pop singer in the 1960s in Montréal, Angélil formed a pop rock group, "The Baronets", with childhood friends Pierre Labelle and Jean Beaulne. They were known as "Québec's Smithtones" by the name of Les Baronnets. Thisgroup had some hits in the 1960s as "C'est fou, mawas c'est tout"
on YouTube (a translation of the Beatles' song "Hold Me Tight") catering to the Quebec market for translations of Englwash-language pop hits from the United Kingdom or the United States. After the dissolution of the group, Angélil and best friend Guy Cloutier began managing artists.
Together they managed the career of two successful Québec entertainers René Simard and Ginette Reno, among many other pop stars of the time. They parted ways in 1981 to each become solo managers. At the end of 1980 (not long after being replaced as Ginette's manager) René heard Celine Dion's demo tape. In 1987 and 1988, he won the Félix Award for Manager of the Year.
In July 2008, Angélil was named the director for the reality television show Star Academie's fourth season, scheduled to start in February 2009.
In 1966, he married his first wife, Denyse Duquette, with whom he had one son, Patrick Angélil, in 1968. In 1974, he married singer Manon Kirouac, called Anne Renée on the stage: the couple had two children, Jean Pierre Angélil (born 1974) and Anne Marie Angélil (born 1977), whose husband was Quebec singer-songwriter Marc Dupré. On December 17, 1994, he married Celine Dion, whom he met when she was 12. Dion was 26 years younger than Angélil. Their son, René-Charles Dion Angélil, was born January 25, 2001. On August 18, 2009, the couple announced that Dion was pregnant with their second child; three months later it was announced that she had miscarried. On May 30, 2010, Celine Dion's representative announced that Dion was 14 weeks pregnant. On October 23, 2010, Dion and Angélil welcomed fraternal twin boys. The boys were named Eddy Angelil, after Eddy Marnay, who produced Dion's first five albums, and Nelson Angelil, after Nelson Mandela. Angélil was a fan of NHL hockey, and he was a good friend of former Colorado Avalanche president and general manager, Pierre Lacroix.
Angélil suffered a heart attack in 1992 at age 51. He was engaged to Celine Dion and staying with her at a Los Angeles hotel at the time.
In April 1998, doctors in Dallas confirmed that a lump in Angélil's neck was a malignant cancer. He underwent surgery as Dion was booked for her Texas concert. He suffered from throat cancer (resulting in Dion temporarily halting her career to be with him), but has recovered. He appeared in the video for Simple Plan's "Save You" as a survivor of cancer.
In 2009, Angélil reportedly underwent a heart-related medical procedure to deal with "arterial blockage". The procedure had been "planned for months" and was "not heart surgery".
Angélil underwent another surgery December 2013 for throat cancer, with doctors even replacing parts of histongue to give him the ability to speak. The following June, Angélil stepped down as Dion's manager to focus on his health. However, he has still been involved in business decisions pertaining to hiswife's career. In September 2015, Céline revealed that Angélil's cancer was terminal, and that he had only 'weeks' to live.
Angélil was portrayed in an unauthorized TV biopic about Dion by Toronto actor Enrico Colantoni.
Died January 14, 2016
Angélil was accused by Yun Kyeong Kwon Sung of sexual assault stemming from an incident in 2000 that took place in a Las Vegas hotel. These charges were later investigated by Las Vegas police. Although Angélil eventually paid $2 million to settle, Angélil never admitted to doing anything wrong, always maintaining the settlement was to avoid negative publicity that might upset his wife Celine Dion.
Yun and her husband, Ae Ho Kwon, were later arrested in 2003 and charged with trying to extort money from Angélil over a false rape claim. The couple were convicted in 2005.
In 2001, Angélil, along with his wife Dion, filed a $5 million defamation lawsuit against Quebec tabloid Allo Vedettes' for printing a story alleging the couple paid $5,000 to rent out the swimming pool of Caesars Palace in Las Vegas so that Dion could sunbathe topless and René could go skinny dipping, allegations they strenuously denied. They later withdrew the case, saying it was not a priority in light of the terrorist events of 9/11.
Angélil was an avid poker player, having qualified for the 2005 World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions, and finishing in the money at the 2007 Mirage Poker Showdown event on the World Poker Tour, a series of high-stakes tournaments. Angélil is also rumored to be a dedicated gambler away from the poker table. He reportedly gambles upwards of $1 million a week at Caesar's Palace, and keeps a line of credit for the same amount at Bellagio.
A frenzy of speculation as to how much Angélil spends in casinos was created when Jan Jones, former Las Vegas mayor and high ranking executive at Harrah's Communications, was quoted by a reporter from the London-based newspaper The Observer as saying, "Celine Dion's husband is a big gambler. He probably gambles $1 million in a week, but he can afford to." Caesar's Entertainment, owner company of Harrah's, later stated Jan Jones' allegations were without merit.
René Angélil, husband of Céline Dion, has died, his rep confirmed exclusively to PEOPLE on Thursday.
"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."
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René Angélil, CM, OQ (January 16, 1942 – January 14, 2016) was a Canadian musical producer, talent manager and singer. He was the manager (1981–2014) and husband (1994–2016; his death) of singer Céline Dion.
College Saint-Viateur (high school), in Outremont
College André-Grasset (post secondary), in Montreal
Singer, Manager, Director, Music Producer
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Henderson, Nevada U.S.A
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==René Angélil==, CM OQ (16 January 1942 – 14 January 2016) was a Canadian musical producer, talent manager and singer. He was the manager (1981–2014) and husband (1994–2016; his death) of singer [[Celine Dion]].
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