Rene Angelil Dies At 73: Celine Dion Greets Mourners At Husband’s Wake

By Jaja Agpalo January 21, 2016 8:43 PM EST
Celine Dion

IN PHOTO: Canadian singer Celine Dion receives the trophy for 'Entertainment? during the Bambi 2012 media awards ceremony in Duesseldorf November 22, 2012. The annual Bambi awards honours celebrities from the world of entertainment, literature, sports and politics. (Photo: REUTERS/Lisi Niesner)

Celine Dion greeted hundreds of mourners during a public wake for her late husband, Rene Angelil. The "It's All Coming Back To Me Now" singer appeared at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal on Thursday, which is just ahead of his funeral scheduled Friday.

The 47-year-old singer shared comforting words and thanks with family, relatives, fans and public personalities as they filed past Rene's open casket. Us Weekly shared that both the wake and the funeral will be held in the same location where the couple tied the knot in 1994.

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Celine put on a brave face during the event and sported a simple bun with a thin black headband and veil. A giant portrait of the late Rene greeted fans and other attendees outside the church.

Also, the will be a national funeral for the music producer at the same venue on Friday. Fans around the globe will also have a chance to witness the event as it will be live-streamed worldwide.

"From anywhere across the globe, it will be possible to follow René Angélil's state funeral online tomorrow," Celine posted on a tweet on Thursday. The "Beauty and the Beast" singer also shared the link of a website especially made in his honor.

To recall, International Design Times previously reported that Rene succumbed to throat cancer last week. "Rene Angelil passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer," Celine wrote on her official Twitter account, confirming the heartbreaking reports.

Celine and Rene shares three children -- Rene-Charles, 14, and twins, Eddy and Nelson, 5. The pair got married after the singer made his biggest break with her hit single "My Heart Will Go On" and got featured in the "Titanic" film of James Cameron, which concreted her legendary status as a singer.

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