Celine Dion’s husband, René Angélil, mourned at wake

Posted on Jan 22 2016 - 8:00am by

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 support we’ve received has been such a blessing,” Dion told People about the outpouring of well-wishes from fans around the world.

Celine Dion is seen greeting mourners in this screen grab of a video posted by Le Telejournal.Le Telejournal via Facebook

Celine Dion is seen greeting mourners in this screen grab of a video posted by Le Telejournal.

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Celine Dion and her family pay tribute to her late husband, Rene Angelil during his funeral at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada.

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Celine Dion receives members of the public during the public memorial service for her husband Rene on January 21, 2016.

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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.

Dion’s mother, Thérèse, was seen arriving at the church to support her daughter.

The 73-year-old Angélil, who helped shape the French-Canadian singer’s rise to fame, died Jan. 14 from throat cancer.

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.

Celine Dion is comforted by a well-wisher during her husband's public memorial service. Global News

Celine Dion is comforted by a well-wisher during her husband’s public memorial service. 

Angélil’s funeral service takes place Friday.

Another public memorial will be held Feb. 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, where Dion has a concert residency.

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Celine Dion and Angelil married in 1994. Franziska Krug/Getty Images

Celine Dion and Angelil married in 1994.

Enlarge Rene Charles Angelil attends the public memorial service for his father. George Pimentel/WireImage

Rene Charles Angelil attends the public memorial service for his father.

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