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MONTREAL, Canada – Hundreds lined up for hours in frigid weather outside a Montreal church Thursday, January 21 to pay their respects to Rene Angelil, the husband and longtime manager of Canadian singer Celine Dion who died last week. (READ: Celine Dion’s husband, manager Rene Angelil dies)
Angelil’s funeral is scheduled for Friday at the Notre-Dame Basilica, where the couple were wed in 1994. (READ: Funeral of Celine Dion’s husband at basilica where they wed)
Dressed in a black veil and gown, her hair in a bun, with her eldest son Rene-Charles at her side, Dion received condolences from relatives, senior politicians and others, as fans filed past Angelil’s open coffin.
Outside the church, a giant portrait of Angelil greeted mourners.
A number of celebrities are expected to attend the funeral for the man credited with transforming Dion into an international superstar. (READ: Celine Dion’s husband steps down as manager after 30 years)
Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard ordered provincial flags lowered to half mast and offered a national funeral for the show business impresario, an honor reserved for Quebecers who have made a significant contribution to the arts.
Rene Angelil died of cancer at the couple’s home in Las Vegas on January 14. He was 73. – Rappler.com