Rene Angelil funeral set for Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica

MONTREAL - The funeral service for Celine Dion's late husband will be held in Montreal this afternoon.

People will gather at the Notre-Dame Basilica to say goodbye to Rene Angelil, who died of throat cancer last week at the age of 73.

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That is the church where the couple married in 1994 and where Dion greeted several hundred mourners at a viewing on Thursday.

Archbishop of Montreal Christian Lepine will preside over today's ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. eastern.

Dion's family accepted an offer by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard for the government to play a role in the organization of the funeral.

Couillard has announced the flag at the legislature will fly at half-mast today.

Dion and Angelil had three children - Rene-Charles, who was born in 2001, and twins Nelson and Eddy, who arrived in 2010.

A celebration of Angelil's life will take place Feb. 3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.



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