A friendship that will have lasted more than twenty years… In recent years, Celine Dion has lost many people dear to her heart. Saturday October 1, 2022, it is with emotion that she announced on Instagram the death of Franco Dragone. At 69, the director suffered a heart attack in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday September 30, 2022. In the caption of a snapshot taken on stage, the singer wrote: “It is with great sadness that I learn of the death of my dear friend and collaborator Franco Dragone. We have shared so many beautiful and great moments together through the A New Day adventure… His creativity, his professionalism, his ingenious way of bringing people together and to make them dream will mark several generations of artists and craftsmen.” Moved, she added: “I offer my most sincere condolences to his family, to his loved ones and to all those who had the chance to cross his path.”
In the comments section, many Internet users praised the talent of the one who had worked with Celine Dion, but also Le Cirque du Soleil. “Belgium is losing a great gentleman! Hats off, you had such an extraordinary imagination and creativity! Rest in peace!” ; “It’s so sad. We can never thank him enough. A New Day is a show that has marked the history of music forever. You were an exceptional duo, all my condolences for your friend Céline”; “Bright and sweet thoughts to his family. May he be in peace”; “What sad news, it was my very first meeting with Céline thanks to Franco at La Louvière… Our country is losing a creative genius!”, Can we read. The mayor of La Louvière said: “It is a feeling of deep sadness that crosses me as I speak to you. He had given us the gift of returning, twenty years ago to La Louvière for his desire to give back to La Louvière what the city had given him.”
Celine Dion: when will she be back on stage?
Sick, the singer postponed her tour three times. On April 29, 2022, it was in a video posted on Instagram that she had indicated: “I am so sorry, saddened to have to postpone the shows once again. The first time, it was obviously because of the pandemic and this time, it is my health that forces me to postpone the shows of the European tour… I still feel a little better… but I still have muscle spasms… . I have to be in good shape, in good health so that I can give 100% of myself on stage, because that’s what you deserve.” While she would be better today, Celine Dion could start her New Year’s residency. The Vital Vegas site had indeed declared: “The latest rumor has it that Celine Dion could start her New Year’s residency. We tells us that she has almost recovered from her health worries and has reportedly contacted stylists to prepare her show’s wardrobe.”
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