Therese Tanguay Dion, mother of Canadian singer, Celine Dion, has died at the age of 92, following months of battling health issues.
According to Radio-Canada, Tanguay Dion died on Thursday night surrounded by her family.
Claudette Dion, Therese’s eldest child, revealed last year that their mother had been dealing with significant health problems, including memory loss, vision and hearing impairment.
Tanguay Dion was a television host and philanthropist. She was well known in Quebec, Canada, as a stage mother involved in her daughter’s career. She later launched her own line of food products, Pâtés de Maman Dion, and became host of a cooking show for TVA.
The deceased was also a sponsor of the Fondation Maman Dion, an educational foundation, which provides school supplies, clothing and eyewear to underprivileged children.
Tanguay Dion, who was popularly known in Canada as Maman Dion, was a mother of 14 children, two of whom had careers in music: Claudette and Céline Dion.
She played an important role in launching her daughter’s music career, writing the song “Ce n’était qu’un rêve”, which was Céline Dion’s first hit in 1981 when she was 12.
Celine, who is currently on her Courage World Tour and scheduled to perform in Miami on Friday and Saturday, took to her Instagram page to pay tribute to her late mother:
She wrote: “Maman, we love you so much… We dedicate tonight’s show to you and I’ll sing to you with all my heart. Love, Céline xx… .”
François Legault, the premier of Quebec, shared his condolences on Twitter:
“Sad to learn of the death of Thérèse Dion, Maman Dion for all Quebecers. A remarkable woman, so generous, so loving, who devoted her whole life to the well-being of her family. Our large Quebec family mourns his departure. My condolences to the Dion family.”