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Celine Dion’s husband battling cancer

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Celine Dion and husband Rene Angelil pose for photos after being decorated with the Order of Canada in Quebec City on July 26, 2013. Photo: The Canadian Press, Jacques Boissinot

London - Celine Dion's husband has been battling throat cancer.

The 'My Heart Will Go On' hitmaker has been supporting René Angélil, 72, after he underwent surgery on December 23 to have a tumour removed, and the couple are relieved the operation was "successful".

Celine's representative told E! News: "Putting to rest rumours that have been circulating these past few weeks, Rene Angelil's office confirmed today that he has been recovering at home in Las Vegas following surgery to remove a cancerous tumour from his throat on December 23rd.

"The procedure was successful and Mr. Angelil was released from hospital a few days following the surgery."

René - who has grown-up children Patrick, Jean-Pierre and Anne-Marie from his previous marriages, and René-Charles, 13, and twins Eddy and Nelson, three, with Celine - has taken a break from his career managing his 45-year-old spouse to focus on his recovery and relax with his family.

The representative added: "During his recovery, Mr. Angelil has decided to take a short hiatus from his normal work schedule, and concentrate on rebuilding his strength through proper rest and nutrition."

Celine - who has a residency in Las Vegas - issued a statement which added: "I don't want René to stress out with work-related issues. I want him to focus on getting back to 100 percent. I've been doing my shows at the Colosseum and everything's under control.

"At home we've been spending a lot of quality time with the family. We feel very fortunate that we've been able to get the best care possible and we thank God every day for helping us to get through this ordeal."

René previously battled throat cancer in 2001. - Bang Showbiz

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