the singer is terminally ill
Celine Dion announces shock diagnosis
12/08/2022 2:57 pm
Celine Dion has been traveling the world since 2019 with her Courage World Tour. A terminal illness is currently preventing her from making further appearances, the Canadian now reveals in an emotional video. Five matches in Germany will also be postponed.
Canadian singer Celine Dion has again had to postpone the European concerts of her world tour due to health problems. Dion announced in an Instagram video, she suffers from a “very rare neurological disorder” that affects her singing, among other things. In the nearly five-minute video, Dion says in English and French that she has had “long-standing health problems”.
“I was recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder called Stiff Person Syndrome,” she explains. The disease mainly causes muscle spasms. “Unfortunately, these spasms affect every aspect of my daily life, sometimes resulting in difficulty walking and not allowing me to use my vocal cords to sing,” continues Dion.
“miss seeing you all”
Dion had already postponed European concerts of her “Courage World Tour” in the spring and was still complaining of muscle cramps. She later said she felt “a little better”, although she still had occasional cramps.
All concerts scheduled from February to April 2023 will now be postponed to March and April 2024. Five concerts in Germany in Cologne, Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Mannheim have also been affected. Many concerts scheduled in May, June and July have been canceled entirely.
“It is with great sadness that I announce today that I will not be able to continue my tour of Europe in February,” Dion said in the clip. And further: “I miss seeing all of you, being on stage and performing for you. I always give 100 percent at my shows, but it’s just not possible for me at this time,” says Dion. She has no choice but to focus on her health – “and I hope I’m on the mend,” she says confidently.
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