Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Celine Dion Says Husband Rene Angelil Doing Well in Recovery from Cancer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Celine Dion Says Husband Rene Angelil Doing Well in Recovery from Cancer

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Celine Dion says husband doing well


MONTREAL - Celine Dion wants everyone to know her husband Rene Angelil is doing fine.

Rumours have been swirling about the health of Angelil, 72, who stepped aside last month from the day-to-day management of the pop megastar's career.

"My husband is doing really well," Dion said in response to questions at a news conference Wednesday evening following a fundraising event.

"He's working really hard on his health and he's being a dad at the house, which I'm really happy about."

Angelil underwent surgery in December to remove a cancerous tumour. He turned the day-to-day management of Dion's career over to longtime friend and entertainment mogul Aldo Giampaolo although he still has a significant role in major decisions.

Angelil had been treated for throat cancer in 1999 and some websites had reported recently he had lost the use of his voice, something his spokesman have denied.

Dion, who was discovered by Angelil and has three children with him, was pragmatic when she talked about how the family had dealt with his illness.

"You have no choice. Life imposes some things on you but he's doing really well. He's working hard, he's really being disciplined, which is not an easy thing for him. So he's very disciplined, he's working hard, he's playing with the kids, he's having a good time."

Dion was in Montreal to perform with the winners of the Sing for Ste-Justine with Celine Dion contest, which was held to raise money for Montreal's Ste-Justine's children's hospital.

A total of 174 choirs from across Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick took part in the contest, with people paying $5 to vote online for their favourite. Each contestant posted a video of them performing one of Dion's songs to enter the contest.

The effort raised $827,065 for the hospital which Dion has supported for many years.

Chorale de l'Externat Mont-Jesus-Marie, a 66-member elementary school choir from Montreal, won the online vote. …

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