Céline Dion pays tribute to late husband René Angélil on the fourth anniversary of his death

By Heather Cichowski

It's hard to believe it's been four years since Céline Dion's beloved husband, René Angélil, passed away. And this week, the Canadian superstar paid tribute to her late love with a heartfelt Instagram post to honour his memory.

Celine shared a photo of René holding a sleeping dog and wrote a touching message to René, to whom she was married from 1994 to his death in 2016. The couple had three children together: René-Charles, 18, and twins Eddy and Nelson, 9.

"There is not a day that goes by without me thinking about your beautiful smile," Céline wrote in English and French. "We miss you, thank you for watching over us my love. I love you. Céline xx…"

Many fans shared their commiserations and showed their support for the "My Heart Will Go On" singer in the comments.

René passed away on Jan. 14, 2016, just two days shy of his 74th birthday, after battling throat cancer. Céline has previously opened up about her husband's passing and the difficult times he had with his illness. She also spoke about their relationship.

"He taught me everything," she told The Project. "He's the only man I've seen. The only man I've loved. The only man I've kissed… I fell in love with him immediately."

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When René passed away in 2016, Céline penned an emotional obituary online.

"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, " she wrote on her Facebook page. "He will be remembered as a gentle man, generous and kind, an unprecedented visionary, a modern Pygmalion, a Renaissance man."

The couple arrive at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards on Feb. 27, 2011. Photo: © Dan MacMedan/WireImage

A celebration of life ceremony for the music manager was held at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica, where the couple married 21 years ago.

Céline is currently on her "Courage" world tour. After acknowledging the anniversary of her husband's passing, she shared a new Instagram stating she "couldn't wait to sing" in Tampa.

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