Céline Dion's Husband's Funeral to Be Held in Church Where He Married the 'Greatest Love of His Life'
Angélil will be laid to rest on Friday, Jan. 22 , PEOPLE has exclusively learned
Angélil’s funeral will be held on Friday, Jan. 22, in Montreal, PEOPLE has exclusively learned.
“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,” his obituary reads.
The news comes one day after Angélil died from cancer. He was 73.
Angélil’s obituary in its entirety is as follows: 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.
As her manager, René Angélil made Céline Dion a star of international stature. René and Céline’s actions made a strong and permanent statement shedding light on Québec’s many talents and carrying it all over the world.
For this reason and for many others that bind him to the core values of this country, he has touched people’s hearts. They realize that they have lost a conqueror and a man of great substance and influence. He is now a part of the collective memory of the music industry, be it in Canada or elsewhere in the world.
Son of deceased Alice and Joseph Angélil, he is leaving in grief his beloved wife Céline Dion and their three children, René-Charles, Nelson and Eddy; his first born Patrick (Sophie Danis) son of Denyse Duquette; Anne-Marie (Marc Dupré) and Jean-Pierre (Thi Hong Hoa) children of Anne Renée; his grand-children Alicia and Justin (Patrick), Anthony, Stella and Lenny (Anne-Marie),R mi (Jean-Pierre); his brother, André Angélil; his cousins, Paul, Robert and Ginette Sara, and his many close friends, relatives, business partners and colleagues.
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.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
A Chapel of Rest will be open to the public to pay a last tribute to René Angélil, on Thursday, January 21 from 2pm to 9pm.
Friday, January 22, 2016
A religious service will be celebrated on Friday, January 22 at 3 p.m.
In addition, a Celebration of Life will be held in Las Vegas on Feb. 3 at the Caesars Palace Colosseum from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The family invites all those who would like to make a contribution to make a donation to the Azar-Angelil Research Chair for ORL Cancer.