Emotional Celine Dion returns to the stage, braces for husband’s death

By on August 25, 2015


Rene Angelil and Celine Dion at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Mortons, West Hollywood (S_Buckley / Shutterstock)
Rene Angelil and Celine Dion at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. Mortons, West Hollywood (S_Buckley / Shutterstock)

LAS VEGAS — Celine Dion says she’s preparing for her husband’s death as she resumes her career in Las Vegas this week.

Dion tells USA Today that Rene Angelil has told her he wants to die in her arms and has given her detailed instructions for his funeral as he continues his battle with throat cancer.

The 47-year-old singer told the newspaper in an interview published Monday that Angelil is back in Las Vegas after undergoing procedures in Boston and has been on a feeding tube for two years.

She took a lengthy break from her show, “Celine,” at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, to deal with Angelil’s illness.

In earlier interviews, she’d said that Angelil was the one who had encouraged her to go back to work.

Dion tells the paper she doesn’t know if Angelil will be well enough to attend her return concert in person.

She returns to the stage on Thursday.