Céline Dion is set to honor her late husband, René Angélil, in her home away from home, Las Vegas.
According to a new report by E! News, Céline Dion will be holding a celebration of life service for René on February 3, which is the site is claiming will be held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where Dion has performed as part of her Las Vegas Residency shows since 2003.
Though details of the ceremony are not being made public at the time, E! News is reporting that Céline is not expected to perform at the private ceremony, and it’s thought the event will only be open to those invited by Céline and her family.
The news of Dion’s plans to celebrate her husband’s life in Sin City comes just days after Dion broke her silence over René’s passing from cancer on January 14, which was tragically followed by the death of her brother, David, just two days later.
— People Magazine (@people) January 29, 2016
Céline took to her official website on January 29 to issue a statement following the tragic deaths of her beloved family members, in which she thanked fans for their support during what she described as a “difficult time” for herself and her family.
“My family and I are deeply touched by the outpouring of love and support from so many people who have touched our lives during these past few days,” Céline Dion said in a statement last week. “We have felt your love for René, and your prayers and compassion have helped us during this most difficult time… more than you’ll ever know. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Dion then went on to personally thank the Quebec Government, who honored René with a state funeral following his death. “I would also like to sincerely thank the Quebec Government for honoring René with National Funerals,” Céline Dion said, “as well as the many individuals and organizations who came together to hold such a beautiful tribute in his name.”
“We will never forget all of the kindness that you have bestowed upon us,” Céline added, before signing off the personal message with the names of her and René’s three children, René-Charles, Nelson, and Eddy, as well as Angélil’s three children from a previous relationship, Patrick, Jean-Pierre, and Anne-Marie.
While E! News is revealing that Céline Dion will be back in Las Vegas on February 3, Dion is not actually expected to return to the Las Vegas stage for her uber-popular residency shows until February 23.
— Kim Brunhuber (@kimbrunhuber) January 15, 2016
Following the announcement of Céline Dion’s husband’s death last month, Céline cancelled the remaining January concerts she was scheduled to play at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
Twitter user @kimbrunhuber took to Twitter last month to post a short video of the notice posted outside the venue Céline regularly performs, which announced the cancelled shows and also confirmed that Dion would in fact return to the stage on February 23 “to resume performances.”
Following his death, AEG Live Las Vegas Vice President John Nelson revealed in a statement that Dion’s husband was actually a big part in her Las Vegas residency shows.
“We are heartbroken to hear this news,” Nelson said in a statement acquired by People. “Not only because René was a great friend and mentor and an extraordinary partner with us in these shows at Caesars Palace for the last 13 years, but even more because he and Céline were so devoted to each other; their relationship has been a model for us all.”
“René was the most brilliant, generous and loyal partner one could have in business,” Nelson continued of Céline Dion’s husband of more than 20 years. “After the work was done, René was such a fun and joyful friend who loved to entertain, eat amazing meals, and tell great stories. There will never be another one like René.”
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