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Celine Dion thanks fans

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Celine Dion thanks fans

Celine Dion has thanked her fans for their "love and support" after the death of her husband.

The singer's husband of 21 years René Angélil passed away earlier this month after a long battle with cancer and Celine posted a message on her website on behalf of their kids, René-Charles, 15, and five-year-old Eddy and Nelson, and René's children Patrick, Jean-Pierre and Anne-Marie, from previous relationships.

Celine wrote: "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. 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.

"I would also like to sincerely thank the Quebec Government for honoring René with National Funerals 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. On behalf of our family, with all of our love, Celine, René-Charles, Nelson & Eddy, Patrick, Jean-Pierre & Anne-Marie (sic)."

René was laid to rest at a public funeral at the Notre-Dame Basilica - where he and the singer were married in 1994.