Céline Dion has officially canceled the entire remainder of her Courage World Tour. Dion had already completed 52 concerts on the North American leg of her tour when COVID-19 halted live shows in March 2020.

Dion wrote on social media alongside a press release listing some of 42 affected tour stops: “I’m so sorry to disappoint all of you once again. I’m working really hard to build back my strength, but touring can be difficult even when you’re 100%.  It’s not fair to you to keep postponing the shows, and even though it breaks my heart, it’s best that we cancel everything now until I’m really ready to be back on stage again. I want you all to know, I’m not giving up … and I can’t wait to see you again!” According to Dion’s post, those who purchased tickets for any of the 42 canceled shows will be fully refunded.

Dion revealed in December that she was diagnosed with stiff-person syndrome, “a rare, progressive neurological disorder” that can stiffen leg, arm and torso muscles — and cause severe muscle spasms. The condition can be so debilitating that many can develop a hunched posture that eventually prevents them from walking or independently moving entirely. The syndrome can also lead to frequent falls as a result of normal reflexes being impeded by stiffened muscles. Stiff-person syndrome affects roughly one in a million people.

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