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Celine Dion bids farewell to late husband René Angelil at state sponsored funeral

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Celine Dione led thousands of mourners at the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal as she bade a final farewell to her late husband and manager, Rene Angelil on Friday.
René Angelil, aged 73 died at their Las Vegas home on January 14 after a long battle with throat cancer.
 

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The national funeral partly organized by the state of Quebec was beamed live on TV and also streamed online for viewers around the world.

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The singer arrived in a black veil, holding her twins at the Notre Dame Basilica – the same place where the couple married in 1994.
As she marched in, the song “320” which was the first song she recorded under Rene was played.

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At the funeral were about 2,000 invited guests including family members, close friends, government officials, politicians and entertainers.
Top dignitaries at the funeral were former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Sophie Gregoire, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau .

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Celine Dion eulogized her husband as she assured fans that she would return to the stage soon . The note handed attendees at the funeral reads:
“I understood that my career was somehow his masterpiece, his song, his symphony to himself. The idea that it could remain unfinished would have pained terribly. I understood that if he ever left us, I should continue without him, for him.”

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Celine Dion is scheduled to return to the stage on February 23.

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