Friends, family join Celine Dion in service for husband

By TRACEY LINDEMAN - Associated Press ,

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People gather at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, for the funeral for Rene Angelil, late husband of Celine Dion, who died on Jan. 14, at the age of 73.

People gather at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, for the funeral for Rene Angelil, late husband of Celine Dion, who died on Jan. 14, at the age of 73. (Photo: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

MONTREAL (AP) — Céline Dion has been joined by hundreds of her fans, friends and family members at Montreal's Notre-Dame Basilica to say a final goodbye to her late husband and longtime manager, René Angélil.

Angélil died Jan. 14, two days shy of his 74th birthday, after years of living with throat cancer.

A veiled, expressionless Dion arrived shortly before the ceremony began at 3 p.m. Friday, along with her mother and sons René-Charles, Nelson and Eddy.

Dion had spent seven hours the previous day greeting fans and mourners at a public visitation at the same church, just feet away from the open casket that contained Angélil's body.

Nearly 700 members of the public were permitted to attend Friday's funeral ceremony.

Angélil's casket was later taken to Montreal's Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery.

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