"We thank from the bottom of our heart all the people who have expressed their love for René during these trying times," read the message, which was signed by Céline, her sons René-Charles, Nelson, and Eddy, and Angélil's three children from a previous relationship. "Your testimony and your support helped us, more than you can imagine to take this step and say our farewells."
Rene's funeral was in Quebec. One day later, Celine mourned her 59-year-old brother at a private memorial service with her family. During the gathering, she reportedly sang in honor of Daniel, who was also a musician. She was too grief-stricken to attend his funeral on Jan. 25.
Watch the video below to look back on Celine and Rene's long and loving relationship.