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Celine Dion says her husband wants to ‘die in my arms’

Singer Celine Dion received heartbreaking news when she found out that her husband, Rene Angelil, had developed cancer. And now, she has more heartbreaking news. Dion revealed, in an interview with USA Today, that Angelil wants to die in her arms.

Angelil, 73, has throat cancer and has been fed intravenously for the past two years. He spent time in Boston hospitals, but he lives in Las Vegas with his family, according to CBS. 

Dion and her family are not sure when Angelil will pass away. “We have asked (doctors) many times, how long does he have, three weeks, three months? Rene wants to know,” Dion said, “But they say they don’t know.”

Dion told USA Today that her husband had not only planned his funeral, but he planned his death. “I’ll say, ‘You’re scared? I understand. Talk to me about it,'” she told USA Today in tears. “And René says to me, ‘I want to die in your arms.’ OK, fine, I’ll be there, you’ll die in my arms.”

Dion, 47, left Las Vegas to help her husband through his cancer battle. Now, she is preparing to return to the stage at Caesar’s Palace though her husband is still in bad condition.

“I didn’t want to be here at first, I don’t need it. Don’t get me wrong, I love singing for people, but I have priorities,” she said, “But 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 says that she doesn’t know if Angelil will be able to attend her next show. What she does know is that she wants to show her husband that she is strong, and she wants to actually be strong for him.

Angelil became Dion’s manager when she was only 12 years old in 1980. The two married in 1994 when Dion turned 26. Dion calls Angelil “the only boyfriend I’ve ever had.” The couple has three sons.

Dion says that her older son has a hard time seeing his dad in an ill state. However, her twins–Nelson and Eddy–do not. They have no memory of their father being healthy, so they don’t mind helping out with feeding their dad.

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Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com.
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