This year, began on a sad note for Celine Dion who lost her husband and brother days apart. A heartbroken Céline Dion consoled hundreds of mourners at the wake of husband René Angélil on Thursday. Fans attending the services formed a line that stretched several blocks outside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, the same church where she married Angélil in 1994.
The memorial was live streamed on several Canadian news outlets, where a visibly upset Dion stood with her 15-year-old son René-Charles by her husband’s casket, wiping away tears and shaking the hands of mourners. The 73-year-old Angélil, who helped shape the French-Canadian singer’s rise to fame, died January 14 from throat cancer.
Angélil’s funeral service takes place today. Sadly, the songstress and her family are mourning the loss of Celine’s younger brother Daniel, who also died of cancer just two days after Angélil. He was 59.