Céline Dion and her mother Thérèse, in 2010. - ALEXANDER TAMARGO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP
"Maman Dion", as she was nicknamed in Quebec, died on Friday at the age of 92, report the Canadian media. Thérèse Dion, who suffered from various health problems, died during the night, surrounded by her loved ones.
Thérèse Dion was the mother of four children. In the early 1980s, she wrote It Was Only a Dream, the song with which her daughter Céline, who was 12 years old at the time, began her career. The model had been sent to Réné Angélil who would become his manager and, several years later, the singer's husband.
Thérèse Dion was also known in Canada for hosting, for three seasons, Maman Dion, a cooking program on TVA, and for launching her line of ready meals, Les pâtés de Maman Dion.
In 1998, she created The Achille Tanguay foundation to help families in need. Since 2006, the structure, renamed F ondation Maman Dion , has offered school supplies and clothing to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Celine Dion