During Celine Dion’s concert on Friday night, the “My Heart Will Go On” singer gave an emotional tribute after her mother’s death. The star looked frail as she mourned the loss of her mother, Thérèse Dion, who died Thursday at the age of 92.
Dion, 51, shared memories of her mom with fans at her Miami, Florida performance. As WTHR reported, she told the crowd that her mom was “ill for quite a while.” Dion also said, “Two days ago, we got a call from the nurses who were taking care of her so well, saying that her time was coming soon. Very soon. So last night, I joined my brothers and sisters in Montreal and I spent the evening at her bedside.”
The star noted that they all sang songs, hugged each other and said their goodbyes. “We are pretty sure that mom waited for us to be all together before departing,” Dion said at her concert. “And I know for sure that she wanted me to be the best of myself tonight. And I also know that she wanted all of you to have the time of your life.”
Dion’s sadness came just days after she’d posted an Instagram tribute to her late husband Rene Angelil on the fourth anniversary of his tragic death on Jan. 14. Dion was devastated when Angelil, who discovered her and nurtured her incredible career, died of throat cancer at age 73 in 2016.
Now, the two people who helped launch her incredible career are gone. Angelil, a former singer-turned-manager, received an audiotape of Dion singing at age 12 from her mother. “At that time I had been in the business for 20 years,” Angelil told the AP in 1991. “In those 20 years, I had never heard or had a feeling come out of someone like this little girl I had in front of me. I had shivers all over, you know.”