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Monday 5 December 2016

Celine Dion says final goodbye to her late husband

Published 22/01/2016 | 22:21

Celine Dion and Rene Angelil, who died after battling cancer
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil, who died after battling cancer

Singer Celine Dion has been joined by hundreds of fans, friends and family members at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica to say a final goodbye to her late husband and long-time manager, Rene Angelil.

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Angelil died on January 14, two days shy of his 74th birthday, after years of living with throat cancer.

A veiled, expressionless Dion arrived shortly before the ceremony began, along with her mother and sons Rene-Charles, Nelson and Eddy.

Dion had spent seven hours the previous day greeting fans and mourners at a public visitation at the same church, just feet away from the open casket that contained Angelil's body.

Nearly 700 members of the public were permitted to attend the funeral ceremony.

Angelil's casket was later taken to Montreal's Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery.

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