Celine Dion & Family Releases Statement on Husband Rene Angelil's Funeral
It has been a tragic month for Celine Dion as her brother and husband Rene Angelil both died from cancer in a very short span of time. Her brother Daniel died just days after her husband, leading to tragic week for the “My Heart Will Go On” singer. Following her husband’s funeral on Jan. 22, Dion released a statement thanking her fans from their support during this trying time on her artist website. The letter was signed by Dion and all of Angelil’s children.
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“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 posted to her website. “We have felt your love for Rene, 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.”
Dion further said in the statement, “I would also like to sincerely thank the Quebec Government for honoring Rene 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. On behalf of our family, with all of our love, Celine, Rene-Charles, Nelson & Eddy… Patrick, Jean-Pierre & Anne-Marie.”
Dion’s brother Daniel, 59, died shortly after her husband. He had reportedly been battling brain, tongue and throat cancer and died on Jan. 16. Daniel left behind his mother Therese, two daughters, Valerie and Marie Michelle, as well as 13 brothers and sisters. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Matis and Laurianne.
But Daniel did not die alone, as all of his 13 brothers and sisters were gathered at his bedside in his final days. His mother, Therese, 88, was also there for her son. The entire family rushed to the hospital when they heard of his condition, and they remained there until his death.
Dion cancelled a month’s worth of shows at the Colosseum in Las Vegas to allow herself time to grieve for Daniel and her husband. She is expected to return for performances on Feb. 23.