Celine Dion has cancelled two upcoming concerts from her Las Vegas residency to mourn the death of her husband, Rene Angelil, who died after a long battle with throat cancer. The Canadian star’s former manager died on Thursday just two days before his 74th birthday.
A statement on the singer’s website reads: “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.
“Celine earlier today announced the death of her husband Rene Angelil 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… All of us at AEG and at Caesars Palace have Celine and her children in our thoughts and prayers.”
Dion took a leave of absence from her residency in 2014 to take care of her husband and returned in August 2015 after he persuaded her to do so. She previously told USA Today, “That first show, it will be fragile. There will be moments of emptiness, laughter, awkwardness, tearing up. But that’s the point of coming back – otherwise, I would just release an album.”
Angelil battled throat cancer since the late 90s, with several ups and downs along the way. In 2013 he had surgery that removed part of his tongue. Earlier this year, Celine revealed that he was being fed through a feeding tube three times a day.
The couple has twin sons, Eddy and Nelson, 5.