- Category: Entertainment
- Published Thursday, January 21, 2016
- CTV News
The life of Rene Angelil, husband of Canadian singer Celine Dion, will be mourned and celebrated during a funeral in Montreal.
Here’s what you need to know about the ceremony.
Angelil died on Jan. 14 following a long battle with cancer. A national funeral for the music manager will a take place on Jan. 22.
In a Facebook Post, Dion said Angelil had detailed his "final wishes" before his death.
"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 post read.
Following Angelil's death on Jan. 14, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard offered the family a national funeral – an honour typically reserved for individuals who have made a mark in business, culture or sports in the province.
Quebec painter Jean-Paul Riopelle and hockey legends Maurice Richard and Jean Béliveau are among the nine other Quebecers who have had a national funeral.
Flags on provincial buildings will be lowered to half-mast on the day of Angelil’s service.
Can the public pay their respects?
The public will be able to pay their respects to Angelil and his family at the Chapel of Rest at Notre-Dame Basilica on Thursday, Dec. 21 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The visitation will be streamed live on CTVNews.ca.
A “celebration of life” will take place at Las Vegas' Caesars Palace Colosseum, where Dion has a residency, on Feb. 3.
Where to watch the funeral
The national funeral service for Angelil will take place on Friday, Jan. 22 at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica. The service, which is expected to feature a star-studded guest list, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised and streamed lived on CTVNews.ca.
Will Dion sing?
Dion's representatives have reported that the funeral will not include any live musical tributes, however, her songs may be played during the service.