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Celine Dion posts emotional tribute on the anniversary of her husband's death

René sadly passed away after a long battle with throat cancer in January

Emmy Griffiths

Celine Dion has shared a loving post of her late husband, René Angélil, on the anniversary of his death. Rene sadly passed away after a long battle with throat cancer back in January 2016. Sharing a photo of her husband of 22 years, she wrote: "My dearest René... always with me... always will be. In loving memory." Her fans were quick to reach out, with one writing: "Remembering a beautiful man. Thinking of you at this time Celine Dion," while another added: "All my love for you and yours my dear Celine. 27 years loving you, your career and personality."

Celine recently opened up about losing her husband, speaking candidly about his illness before his death. Chatting to The Project, the Think Twice singer said: "For three years my husband did not have a sip of water or food. He was eating through a tube. The only thing I hoped while he was in three years of agony. I wanted him to live in peace. I wanted him to feel so light and no worries. He had a little heart attack, it's so quick, he didn't even feel anything. I thought that he was like liberated from his pain."

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The star also revealed that she honours her husband's memories with an unique routine before every show. She told Stellar magazine: "I shake my husband's hand and knock on wood with him every night before every show. Even after he's gone. I still talk to him. I'm trying to prove to him every day I'm fine. Our kids are growing, we feel strong. We're good." The former singer, who also worked as Céline's manager, was diagnosed with the disease in 1998. He is now survived by his three children with Céline and his three children from previous marriages.

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