January 29, 2016 4:53 pm
Updated: January 29, 2016 5:07 pm

Celine Dion ‘deeply touched’ by support after René Angélil’s passing

Rene Angelil and Celine Dion, pictured in 2012.

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Celine Dion thanked fans Friday for their support since the loss of her husband and longtime manager René Angélil.

Angélil passed away Jan. 14 after a lengthy battle with cancer at the age of 73.

A message to fans was posted on the singer’s website and Facebook page Friday.

READ MORE: Remembering René Angélil: tributes pour in on social media

“My family and I are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from so many people who have touched our lives during these past few days,” Dion’s statement begins.

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“We have felt your love for René, and your prayers and compassion have helped us during this most difficult time…more than you’ll ever know. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

The Quebec government honoured Angélil with a national funeral, which was held last Friday at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica following a day of visitation. Dion and Angélil were wed at the church in 1994.

READ MORE: Mourners pay respects to René Angélil at visitation in Montreal

Dion also thanked those involved in the service.

“I would also like to sincerely thank the Quebec Government for honoring René with National Funerals as well as the many individuals and organizations who came together to hold such a beautiful tribute in his name. We will never forget all of the kindness that you have bestowed upon us.”

Dion and Angélil have three sons: 15-year-old René-Charles and 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.

Celine Dion, with sons Eddy and Nelson, and Rene-Charles Angelil, stand before her late husband Rene Angelil’s casket at Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica on Friday, January 22, 2016.


Just days after Angélil’s passing, Dion lost her brother Daniel to cancer.

Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where Dion currently has a residency, is set to hold a celebration of life for Angélil on Feb.3.

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