The singer was stunned by the fans who lined up outside the church, where she wed Rene 20 years ago, to pay their respects to the music mogul at a public viewing on Thursday (21Jan16), and she greeted hundreds of strangers as she watched over her late husband's casket, dressed in black and wearing a veil.

Friday's (22Jan16) funeral service, which is being streamed live online, is due to start within minutes.

Rene, who was also Celine's former manager, lost has battle with cancer last week (14Jan16).