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Celine Dion pays tribute to late husband Rene Angelil in Las Vegas: 'I feel his strength in all of you'

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Published 04/02/2016 | 10:24

Singer Celine Dion performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Singer Celine Dion performs at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace
Recording artist Celine Dion attends the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Rene-Charles Angelil (L) and recording artist Celine Dion attend the State Funeral Service for Celine Dion's Husband Rene Angelil at Notre-Dame Basilica on January 22, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/WireImage)
Celine Dion leaves the church with her children, Rene-Charles, center left, and twins Eddy and Nelson after funeral services for her husband Rene Angelil, at Notre Dame Basilica Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Montreal. Angelil died Jan. 14, in Las Vegas at the age of 73. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Celine Dion with her husband and manager Rene Angelil, following a press conference at the Molson Centre in Montreal, in this September 8, 1999 file photo

Celine Dion could feel the love of her late husband Rene Angelil at a tribute event held in his honour on Wednesday night.

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The 47-year-old singer struggled to control her emotions as she took to the stage at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, where she had been performing a residency up until Rene's death in January.

Celine didn't perform for the occasion, but used the opportunity to address the crowd and thank everyone for the tributes that had been paid to Rene throughout the evening.

"This is my home away from home," Celine said. "At the same time I'm supposed to feel extremely comfortable being home and right now I'm not sure how comfortable I feel.

Singer Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, in this February 27, 2011 file photo
Singer Celine Dion and her husband Rene Angelil arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards at the 83rd Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, in this February 27, 2011 file photo

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"I feel his love in this room. I feel his strength and his warmth being reflected in all of you. Rene always surrounded me with the best people who believed in us and always worked so hard on our behalf."

Celine was joined by Rene's children from previous marriages and his brother at the memorial event. Many of her late husband's music industry friends and business associates, including Caesars Palace executives, recalled their memories of the music manager.

It was towards the end of her speech that Celine became overcome with emotions, and let the tears flow as she concluded: "On behalf of my family, thank you again for being here with us this evening for this beautiful tribute to mon amour. Rene I love you, so much, merci, good night."

Celine Dion leaves the church with her children, Rene-Charles, center left, and twins Eddy and Nelson after funeral services for her husband Rene Angelil, at Notre Dame Basilica Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Montreal. Angelil died Jan. 14, in Las Vegas at the age of 73. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
Celine Dion leaves the church with her children, Rene-Charles, center left, and twins Eddy and Nelson after funeral services for her husband Rene Angelil, at Notre Dame Basilica Friday, Jan. 22, 2016 in Montreal. Angelil died Jan. 14, in Las Vegas at the age of 73. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Fans were able to watch the tribute via a livestream available online.

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Rene lost his battle with cancer in January and his official memorial was held in his native Montreal, at the church where he wed the My Heart Will Go On singer in 1994 and they baptised their first son, Rene-Charles. Thousands of fans and mourners flocked to the Notre-Dame Basilica to pay their last respects to the musician and manager.

His funeral was held at the same church the following day.

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