Celine Dion, Rene Angelil

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Céline Dion's husband has been down this road before.

E! News has learned that René Angélil, 72, is currently recovering from surgery to remove a tumor from his throat. The singer's husband underwent the successful procedure on Dec. 23.

"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," Dion's rep tells us. "The procedure was successful and Mr. Angelil was released from hospital a few days following the surgery."

"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."
Meanwhile, Dion released a statement saying, "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."

Unfortunately, this isn't Angélil first battle with throat cancer. He was treated for it once before in 2001.

—Reporting by Holly Passalaqua

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