“Surrounded by the love of his family and friends, René Angélil passed away on Thursday, January 14, 2016, on the eve of his 74th birthday, He will be remembered as a gentle man, generous and kind, an unprecedented visionary, a modern Pygmalion, a renaissance man. All who had the privilege of knowing him and of working closely with him, whether personally or professionally, salute a leader and a man of great intelligence and wisdom.”
“According to his final wishes, his Funeral will be held at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where 21 years ago, he chose to marry the one who will remain as the great love of his life, the artist for which he had the most respect, the woman who gave him light and happiness until his very last breath,”
The Chapel of Rest at Notre-Dame will be open to the public one day earlier for fans hoping to pay their respects to the late musician and manager.
Celine Dion, 47, first met Angélil as her music manager back when she was 12 and he was 38. They tied the knot in an elaborate wedding in the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, Canada, in 1994 and they had 3 children together.