As it’s revealed her brother Daniel is also battling cancer… and devastated family believe he only has ‘hours to live’
- Celine’s husband René Angélil died on Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer
- Daniel, 59, has been battling ‘cancer of the throat, tongue and brain’
- Daniel is in hospital in the singer’s native Montreal with family by his side
- Celine’s sister Claudette says he has ‘a matter of days or hours’ to live’
- The star cancelled January concerts for her Las Vegas residency and will resume performances on February 23
Celine Dion is facing more heartbreak after the death of her husband René Angélil on Thursday.
The singer’s older brother Daniel is also battling cancer, and his family believe he has just hours or days to live.
Celine’s sister Claudette told Journal of Montreal: ‘It’s very painful. It’s a matter of days or hours. It looks a lot like René, he had cancer of the throat, tongue and brain. Our family is very experienced.’
Tragic: Celine’s older brother Daniel is battling cancer and his family believe he only has ‘hours to live’
Daniel, who is 59, is in hospital in Celine’s native Montreal and surrounded by family, including 88-year-old mother Therese.
Members of the family gathered at Daniel’s bedside on Thursday after being told that he is ‘dying’.
Claudette added to Journal Of Montreal: ‘We are with Daniel, day and night. He is 59 years old, very young to be the end of life.’
Celine, 47, is the youngest of 14 children.
Heartbroken: Celine’s husband Rene Angelil died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. They are pictured here in June 2013
Longtime love: The couple married in 1994 and have three children together. They celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary just last month
The My Heart Will Go On singer’s rep confirmed the sad news about her brother’s illness to Entertainment Tonight on Friday.
René was 73 when he passed away on Thursday, just two days before his 74th birthday and one month after the couple’s 21st wedding anniversary.
Grieving Celine promptly cancelled her January 16 and January 17 performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where she is currently taking part in a residency.
Tribute: Caesars Palace, where Celine is currently performing as part of a residency, lit up a tribute to Rene on Thursday
Grieving: The 47-year-old has cancelled two performances in the wake of her husband’s death. She will resume her concerts on February 23
The star will resume performances on February 23.
A spokesperson for AEG said in a statement: ‘We are heartbroken to hear this news, not only because René was a great friend and mentor and an extraordinary partner with us in these shows at Caesars Palace for the last 13 years, but even more because he and Celine were so devoted to each other; their relationship has been a model for us all.’
René was Celine’s manager before they got together. They first met when she was 12 and he was 38, and began dating seven years later.
Brave: The star, who is pictured during one of her concerts last month, revealed in September that Rene – who was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 – had just ‘months to live’
Moving: During a performance last year, Celine belted out a rendition of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face as a video showing Rene waving played to the audience
The couple married on December 17, 1994 and are parents to three sons: René-Charles, who turns 15 later this month, and five-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson.
René was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998 and battled three bouts of cancer before his death on Thursday. In September, Celine revealed he had just ‘months to live’.
Announcing the devastating news of his passing in a statement, Celine’s team said: ‘René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer.
‘The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time.’
Family of five: Celine and René (seen here in 2011) are parents to three sons: René-Charles, who turns 15 later this month, and five-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson
‘Their relationship has been a model to us all’: AEG said in a statement that Celine (seen here last month) and Rene ‘were so devoted to each other’
Source: Daily Mail