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Céline Dion just gave her late husband René the most touching gift in honor of his birthday

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jan 19, 2019
04:20 P.M.
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Céline Dion shared some heartwarming words as she remembered her late husband on what would have been his birthday.

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René Angélil passed away in January 2016 at the age of 74. He was 26 years Dion's senior, but the pair's relationship was 21 years strong before his death.

According to PEOPLE, Dion gave a vocal tribute just two days after the date of Angélil's passing earlier this week. He died on January 14.

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The 16th would have been Angélil's 77th birthday. Instead, his widower expressed her grief over the ever-present sense of loss she felt.

Before the audience at her Las Vegas residency show in Caesars Palace, she dedicated a song to him.

She said:

"This is the greatest gift that I can offer him for his birthday because what he loved the most in the world is the fans, the music and to see me perform for you."

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Dion, 50, then practiced the chorus of John Farnham's "You're the Voice" along with the crowd. Afterward, she asked, "Are you ready to sing that for René?”

Together, they sang the touching song, ending with applause for Dion. The legend then looked upwards and blew a kiss in the direction.

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She said:

"Happy birthday, my love."

When she returned her eyes to the crowd she said: "I couldn't have offered him a better gift."

Just two days prior, Dion shared a sweet message to her late husband on her social media. She wrote the message in both English and French.

It read:

"My dearest René... always with me... always will be. In loving memory... xx ..."

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The couple met when Dion was just 12 years. He got her career off the ground after he cried when she sang for him for the first time. The two began dating when Dion was 18.

They got married in a luxurious ceremony in 1994. The wedding took place at the Notre-Dame Basilica and was aired lived in Canada. Three years later, Dion's fame rose with Titanic's "My Heart Will Go On."

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Angélil was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998. Two years later he was cancer-free. In 2013, cancer returned for Angélil. Amid his suffering, he implored his wife to continue performing.

The two have three children together: René-Charles, 14, and twins Nelson and Eddy, five.

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Last year, Angélil was also a part of Dion's celebration of her own birthday. She posted a video which included a number of pictures including one of her late husband.

The college was set to the songs "I Drove All Night," "It's All Coming Back To Me," and "Where Does My Heart Beat Now." Dion also included photos of herself as a young girl as well as some of her children.

She was supposed to perform in Las Vegas for her birthday but had to cancel to undergo surgery for an ear condition. We hope she continues to perform and that time eases the pain from her loss.

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