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Pop singing sensation Céline Dion is set to pay a heartbreaking tribute to her late husband, René Angélil, who sadly passed away on January 13th.

Back in 2001 when the couple's child, Rene-Charles, was born, artists Jean-Raymond Goyer and Jules LaSalle sculpted a replica of their hands to be used as a memento.

That same sculpture will now have a poignant significance — it'll be used as part of a tribute paid by Dion at Colosseum in Caesars Palace, at the 'Celebration of Life' event.

Each time Dion played at Caesars, she and Angélil had a tradition of holding hands in a message of good luck. Often, they wouldn't talk, but let the gesture speak for itself.

Following on from that, a pedestal of Angélil's sculpture had been placed at the side of the stage for good luck.

"He Will Forever Be The Caring Guardian"

John Nelson, who worked on the event, said:

“The hands are very significant. They held a microphone that he talked into regularly. While Celine performed, Rene sat there in the dark at the soundboard. His voice went into her ear monitors.

"Nobody knew what he said to her or what feedback he was giving. Once at the end of a show, I saw him raise the microphone and read his lips, ‘Je t’aime (I love you).’ The hands are our link still to Rene. He will forever be the caring guardian of his family."

Around 1,200 people are expected to attend the memorial, which is being held tonight.

Source: Las Vegas Sun


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