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Rene Angelil recovering in Las Vegas after having cancerous tumour removed

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MONTREAL - The husband of pop star Celine Dion is recovering after having a cancerous tumour removed from his throat just before Christmas.

A statement released by Rene Angelil's publicist on Friday said the Dec. 23 operation was a success and that he spent a few days in hospital before beginning his recovery at home in Las Vegas.

Angelil, 72, was previously diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999, prompting Dion to take time off as he recovered.

The couple say they don't want to give interviews and are asking media to respect their privacy.

Dion said in the statement she wants Angelil to focus on getting healthy and to avoid the daily stress of work.

"I want him to focus on getting back to 100%," Dion said. "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."

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