Celine Dion has canceled her Las Vegas concerts following the death of her husband, René Angélil.
A statement was released on the “My Heart Will Go On” singer’s website late on Thursday, January 14, announcing the cancellation of this weekend’s concerts. Dion is not expected to return to the stage until February.
“With heavy hearts, we regret to inform you that Celine performances Saturday, Jan. 16 and Sunday, Jan. 17 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace have been cancelled,” the statement reads.
“Celine earlier today announced the death of her husband René Angélil after a long fight with cancer. The couple had celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary last month. Celine will return to The Colosseum on February 23 to resume performances.”
Angélil’s sudden death on Thursday came as a surprise to those close to him. Despite having suffered from throat cancer for some time, a source tells Us Weekly that Dion’s husband and business manager “was feeling better lately.”
“All of us at AEG and at Caesars Palace have Celine and her children in our thoughts and prayers,” the statement on the 47-year-old singer’s website continued, adding that fans who have bought tickets for the canceled shows will be fully refunded.
Angélil and Dion had three children together: René-Charles, 14, and twin boys Nelson and Eddy, 5.