Canadian singer Celine Dion, September 18, 2019, Montreal.
Las Vegas (USA) – Canadian singer Céline Dion has canceled the European leg of her tour due to a rare neurological disease she suffers from. The Canadian star last appeared on stage in March 2020. She spoke publicly about her illness, which is accompanied by muscle stiffness and spasms, for the first time last December. Then she postponed the European concerts, now she has definitively canceled the remaining 42 performances, AFP reported. Dion was scheduled to perform in Prague on March 6, 2024.
“I'm sorry to disappoint you all again,” the singer said in a statement on social media. “I'm working really hard to get my strength back, but touring can be very difficult even when you're 100%. It's not fair to you that we keep postponing concerts, and as much as it breaks my heart, it's best if we cancel everything now, until I'm really ready to return to the stage,” added the singer.
Fifty-five-year-old Dion sang the American part of the Courage World Tour, which was then interrupted by the covid-19 pandemic. When it was possible to perform again, Dion's health did not allow it anymore.
The singer suffers from a rare autoimmune disease called stiff-person syndrome. People with this disease first notice stiffness in the abdominal muscles, gradually stiffness in the legs and arms is added, and the disease is accompanied by painful spasms. This makes it impossible for the patient to move and prevents him from more demanding physical activities. The causes of this disease, which is very rare, are not clear. About one person in a million suffers from it.