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Rene Angelil planned his own funeral to ease Celine’s grief

Even in the midst of his ongoing battle with cancer, Rene Angelil was caring for his wife until the very end.
Celine Dion and Rene Angelil

Celine’s long-time friend and stylist, Annie Horth chatted to People revealing how even in death, Rene is showing his unwavering devotion to his wife.

“René was generous enough to prepare all of this since the last few months with Céline,” the stylist explained. “He didn’t know when it would happen, but he really wanted everything to be already prepared.”

Annie added that because of this, Celine is “going through [this] peacefully and with control.”

Rene and Celine are the proud parents of three beautiful boys – Rene-Charles, 14, and twins Nelson and Eddy, 5.

Rene passed away on January 14 at the age of 73 after a long battle with throat cancer. He died at home in Las Vegas, with Celine by his side.

In his obituary, it was revealed that the father-of-three wished to be laid to rest at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, the church where he and his wife tied the knot back in December 1994.

“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,” Rene’s obituary read.

Rene and Celine on their wedding day in 1994. Photo: Getty

While Celine is yet to speak out publicly, her rep has denied claims that she would perform during his funeral, however one or two songs may play during the tribute.

It is an incredibly difficult time for Celine and her three children — René-Charles, 14, and twins Nelson and Eddy, 5. The singer lost her brother Daniel to cancer just two days after her husband passed away.

The brave mother of three is believed to return to her Las Vegas performances on 23 February.

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