Now, Celine Dion took a final goodbye to her husband René Angélil, who passed away last week after a long battle with cancer.
The funeral took place in the same Church that the couple were married in 22 years ago.
Thousands of mourners were in place.
Yesterday was Céline Dion in several hours by the side of her husband René Angélil, who lay in an open casket during the wake of Notre Dam Basilica in Montreal. Today it was time for a last farewell.
The church is the same as the couple were married in 1994, according to René’s wishes.
The funeral began at 15 o’clock, local time, ie at 21 in Sweden. Fans around the world could follow the ceremony directly online. It was also broadcast on large television screens outside the church.
Thousands of mourners
Many musicians, celebrities and politicians were on hand in the packed church. According to TMZ, there were thousands of mourners in place.
At 21:20 Celine Dion stepped into the church with her children and her mother. This they did to the tune of Dion’s song “Trois Heures Vingt”. It is one of three Dion songs that were played at the funeral, as René have selected.
Céline Dion laid a flower, which rested on a pillow on his chest before she sat down in the church.
Son gave speeches
The couple’s 14-year-old son, René-Charles, gave a farewell speech to his father, in both French and English.
– 15 years is not a long time to get to know his father on. You had a busy life, but we got to know each other through golf, poker, smoked meat and other delicious food. We came closer and closer together as time went on, and you left me with a lot of great memories, which I can share with my younger brothers, he said, followed by Celine Dion got a smile on his face.
In the end the funeral bent Céline Dion down over her husband’s coffin and took a tearful farewell. Then came she and the rest of the family when the coffin was carried out of the church to the singer’s song “Pour que tu m’aimes encore”, in Swedish “So you still love me”.
survivor of the double sorrow
René Angélil died of a severe form of throat cancer. He led a long fight against the disease. The first time he developed the disease was in 1999.
Céline Dion and Angélil have three children together, René-Charles and the 5-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. Angélil was not only Céline Dion’s husband, he has also served as her manager.
Just two days after her husband’s death, Céline Dion is yet another tragic news. Her brother Daniel Dion had died. While he was by the cancer.
René Angélil was 73 years old.