Celine Dion Breaks Her Silence Following Rene Angelil's Funeral, Expresses 'Gratitude' During 'Trying Times'

by John Boone 12:02 PM PST, January 29, 2016
Playing Celine Dion Breaks Her Silence Following Rene Angelil's Funeral, Expresses 'Gratitude' During 'Trying Times'

Céline Dion has broken her silence.

The 47-year-old singer has had a devastating month, with the death of her husband of over 20 years, René Angélil, on Jan. 14 and her brother, Daniel, two days later. Both men had been battling cancer. Now, Dion has written a message on her official website expressing "gratitude" to fans.

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"We thank from the bottom of our heart all the people who have expressed their love for René during these trying times," the message, which is signed by Céline, sons René-Charles, Nelson, and Eddy, and Angélil's three children from a previous relationship, reads.

It continues, "Your testimony and your support helped us, more than you can imagine to take this step and say our farewells."

The GRAMMY winner also pays special thanks to the Quebec government for the national funeral held in honor of the 73-year-old Canadian singer and manager on Jan. 22. Dion arrived hand-in-hand with her 5-year-old twins and later placed purple lilies on her late husband's casket.

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"Thank you also to the Government of Quebec for holding a national funeral, as well as to the many individuals and organizations who worked to provide a final tribute to the height of the man he was," the letter concludes.

One day after Angélil's funeral, Dion mourned her 59-year-old brother during a private memorial service with her family. During the gathering, Dion reportedly sang in honor of Daniel, who was also a musician. She was too grief-stricken to attend his funeral on Jan. 25.

Meanwhile, René-Charles spoke of his father at the state funeral. Hear his touching words in the video below.