Celine Dion cancels concerts in Las Vegas after René Angélil's death

By Ainhoa Barcelona

Celine Dion cancels concerts in Las Vegas after René Angélil's death

Celine Dion has stepped down from the Las Vegas stage following her husband René Angelil's death. Putting her residency on hold, the Canadian superstar is taking time to mourn her family's loss in the coming weeks.

Caesar's Palace Hotel and Casino made an announcement on its website, telling fans that Celine's performances this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 16 and 17, are cancelled.

"All of us at AEG and at Caesars Palace have Celine and her children in our thoughts and prayers."

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYCeline Dion has previously postponed her Las Vegas residency to care for her husband.

The organization went on to say that the megastar's next performance will likely be Feb. 23.

The announcement was posted on the same day that René passed away. He had battled cancer for years.

René, who died at 73, started managing Celine when she was just 12 years old. He was first diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999. In late 2013 he underwent surgery to remove another tumour, at which point Celine took a year-long hiatus to care for her husband.

Celine, 47, resumed her Las Vegas residency last August, paying an emotional tribute to her husband. She sang "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" while home footage of René and their three children played in the background.

The singer had told her husband, "I'll take care of our kids."

René and Celine's professional relationship turned romantic when the "My Heart Will Go On"singer turned 19. Three years later, the couple wed in René's birthplace, Montreal.

The couple went on to have three children – René-Charles, 14, and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy. René also has three grown children from two previous marriages – Patrick, Jean Pierre and Anne Marie.

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Celine has previously revealed that her husband's wish was to die in her arms. She added that her biggest job was to tell him that the family would be fine. "I'll take care of our kids," she told him. "You'll watch us from another spot."

René's death comes one month after the couple celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary.

On Thursday, a statement posted on Facebook, announcing René's death said, "René Angélil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer. The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment; more details will be provided at a later time."

His death took place just one month after the couple's 21st wedding anniversary, and days before the 15th birthday of their son René-Charles.

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