People streaming into Montreal church for Rene Angelil’s funeral

Archbishop of Montreal Christian Lepine will preside over the ceremony

MONTREAL – Hundreds of people are streaming into Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica this afternoon for Rene Angelil’s funeral.

The service for Celine Dion’s late husband is set to get going later than the scheduled 3 p.m. eastern start.

Archbishop of Montreal Christian Lepine will preside over the ceremony, while some of Dion’s songs are to be played.

Those attending include Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, former NHL coach Michel Bergeron and former premier Bernard Landry.

Angelil died of throat cancer last week at the age of 73.

The basilica is where he and Dion married in 1994.

Dion’s family accepted an offer by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard for the government to play a role in the organization of the funeral.

Couillard announced the flag at the legislature would fly at half-mast Friday.

Dion and Angelil had three children — Rene-Charles, who was born in 2001, and twins Nelson and Eddy, who arrived in 2010.

Angelil had three other adult children from two previous marriages.

A celebration of Angelil’s life will take place Feb. 3 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

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