Rene Angelil's Funeral Will Be Held at the Same Church Where He Married Celine Dion
By Sophie Schillaci
Funeral arrangements for Celine Dion's late husband, Rene Angelil, have been revealed.
According to a press release issued on Friday, Angelil's final wishes were to have his funeral held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where he wed Dion in 1994. The pop superstar is described as "the great love of his life, the artist for which he had the most respect, the woman who gave him light and happiness until his very last breath" in the announcement.
Angelil died on Jan. 14, just before what would have been his 74th birthday on Jan. 16, after fighting a long battle with throat cancer. In the hours after his death, Dion canceled her performances at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Jan. 16 and Jan. 17.
A Chapel of Rest will be open to the public on Thursday, Jan. 21, from 2-9 p.m. at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. A religious service will follow on Friday, Jan. 22, at 3 p.m.
Additionally, a Celebration of Life will be held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Feb. 3 from 7-9 p.m.
The family asks those who would like to make a contribution in his memory to donate to the Azar-Angelil Research Chair for ORL Cancer.
There was more heartbreaking news for Dion and her family on Friday, as the singer's brother is currently fighting a serious battle with cancer. Daniel Dion, 59, only has "a matter of days or hours" left to live, according to an interview with the singer's sister, Claudette, in The Journal of Montreal.