As Celine Dion mourns her late husband, Réne Angélil, the star has decided she will not sing at his funeral. Celine's representative has stated there will be no live musical tribute, though a few of her songs may play during the service.
René passed away on Jan. 14 at the age of 73 after a long battle with throat cancer. His funeral will be held on Friday, Jan. 22 at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, where he and Celine, 47, were married on Dec. 17, 1994.
In a post on Celine's Facebook page, Rene's obituary read: "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."
René was a highly respected figure in Canada, and as such his funeral will be televised on three networks, and flags will fly at half-mast. A chapel of rest will also be open on Thursday, so that members of the public may pay their respects.
René had been battling throat cancer since 2013, and his loved ones have asked for donations to be made to a cancer charity. "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," the obituary continues.
It's been a tremendously traumatic time for Celine. She lost her brother Daniel, 59, to cancer just two days after René died. He battled throat, brain and tongue cancer and died in Montreal, surrounded by his family.
Celine, 47, and René have three children together; 14-year-old René and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. The singer has confirmed she will resume her Las Vegas performances on Feb. 23.