Celine Dion’s Niece Tragically Died on Her Way Home after Realizing She Forgot Her Wallet: Details

  • Celine Dion faced immense loss when her niece died in a tragic road accident.
  • Brigitte Dion, 51, was involved in a collision near her home, leaving Celine to cope with yet another family tragedy.
  • Amidst her personal struggles and battles with Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS), Celine’s family and fans hope for her well-being.

Celine Dion has been keeping a low profile since she announced her Stiff Person Syndrome (SPS) diagnosis in December 2022. In a post on Instagram, the singer said she’d been dealing with health problems for a long time.

She rescheduled her shows that were to take place in 2023 and 2024 to focus on her health and healing. The mom of three,¬†Ren√©-Charles¬†and twins Nelson and Eddy, promised her fans that she’d do her best to be back on stage again.

Celine Dion departs her hotel in New York City on March 8, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion departs her hotel in New York City on March 8, 2020 | Source: Getty Images

Celine explained that she’d been¬†experiencing spasms¬†due to SPS, which impacted every area of her life, causing difficulties in walking and not allowing her to use her vocal codes as she used to. SPS is a complicated illness, as scientists and doctors don’t know¬†its exact cause.

Furthermore, the illness is often misdiagnosed or overlooked until the symptoms are severe. When the disease is not recognized early, it can be severe, life-altering, and¬†life-threatening. In August 2023, Celine’s sibling,¬†Claudette Dion, said her sister was a¬†strong woman¬†who was doing everything to recover.

Still, Claudette admitted that since little is known about SPS, the singer’s family could not do much to support her or alleviate her pain. Ultimately, the family is hoping researchers¬†will find a remedy¬†for the dreadful illness.

Celine Dion and René Angélil during their wedding in Montreal, Canada on December 17, 1994. | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion and René Angélil during their wedding in Montreal, Canada on December 17, 1994. | Source: Getty Images

Celine’s life has been full of ups and downs as, over the years, she has lost loved ones. The singer’s niece recently died, her death marking the fifth loss in the family in eight years. In 2016, the Grammy winner lost her husband,¬†Ren√© Ang√©lil.

Celine Dion wipes away a tear at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on January 6, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion wipes away a tear at a ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California on January 6, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

The singer announced on her Facebook account that Ren√©¬†died¬†after a courageous battle against cancer. Ren√©, who died aged 73, had throat cancer. The family asked for privacy as they mourned him. Unfortunately, tragedy hit again when Celine’s brother, Daniel Dion, died two days after her husband’s death. Daniel¬†died of cancer¬†at age 59.

Daniel Dion attends Thérèse Tanguay-Dion autobiography launch in Montreal, Canada on November 7, 2006. | Source: Getty Images

Daniel Dion attends Thérèse Tanguay-Dion autobiography launch in Montreal, Canada on November 7, 2006. | Source: Getty Images

He had cancer of the throat, tongue, and brain. Daniel was a musician with a great passion for music and made a career on record and stage with his sisters and brothers. The musician, who even went on tour with Celine, was described as happiest when making music. A press release from his publicist mourned him as a calm and reserved man with several talents.

Thérèse Tanguay-Dion with her family, including Daniel Dion (L), during the launch of her autobiography in Montreal, Canada on November 7, 2006. | Source: Getty Images

Thérèse Tanguay-Dion with her family, including Daniel Dion (L), during the launch of her autobiography in Montreal, Canada on November 7, 2006. | Source: Getty Images

In 2016, Celine’s family dealt with another death of their loved one. Claudette had previously shared the news that their sister Liette Dion’s husband, Guy Poirier, was at a care home being¬†treated for cancer, which had spread to his lungs, brains, and bones.

Celine Dion speaking at Sainte-Justine Children's Hospital in Montreal, Canada, on December 18, 2002. | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion speaking at Sainte-Justine Children’s Hospital in Montreal, Canada, on December 18, 2002. | Source: Getty Images

Claudette noted that Guy was conscious and being taken care of by good people at Maison Adhemar-Dion. Guy later passed away in August 2016. Maison Adhemar-Dion, the palliative¬†care facility¬†Guy was in, is located in a suburb outside of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and was named after Celine’s dad, Adhemar Dion, who died from¬†bone cancer¬†in 2003.

Celine Dion at the TV show "Campus" hosted by Guillaume Durand in Las Vegas, on September 15, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion at the TV show “Campus” hosted by Guillaume Durand in Las Vegas, on September 15, 2004. | Source: Getty Images

Adhemar, who was 80 at the time of his death,¬†died in his sleep¬†at his home in Laval, surrounded by family.¬†Celine Dion¬†wasn’t present when his father died as she was in the middle of a long-term contract to perform in Las Vegas.

Celine Dion leaves a church following a funeral service for Adhemar Dion in Charlemagne, near Montreal, on December 4, 2003. | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion leaves a church following a funeral service for Adhemar Dion in Charlemagne, near Montreal, on December 4, 2003. | Source: Getty Images

Celine also lost her mom in 2020. Thérèse Tanguay-Dion was 92 at the time of her death, and she passed away surrounded by her family and friends after months of battling serious health issues. Thérèse and Adhemar had 14 children, including Celine.

Celine Dion celebrates her 26th birthday with Thérèse Tanguay-Dion and Adhemar Dion in her restaurant "Nickel's" in Montreal, Canada, on March 7, 1994. | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion celebrates her 26th birthday with Th√©r√®se Tanguay-Dion and Adhemar Dion in her restaurant “Nickel’s” in Montreal, Canada, on March 7, 1994. | Source: Getty Images

The singer was on her “Courage World Tour” when her mom died. She shared on her Instagram that she would continue with¬†the show¬†in honor of her mother. Celine¬†wrote¬†in English and French, “Maman, we love you so much. We dedicate tonight’s show to you and I’ll sing to you with all my heart. Love, C√©line xx.”

Celino Dion on "Good Morning America" on May 12, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Celino Dion on “Good Morning America” on May 12, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Celine, who is a celebrity patron for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, has also opened up about¬†losing her niece¬†Karine Menard, the daughter of Liette. Karine was born with cystic fibrosis, an illness that attacks the respiratory and digestive systems. Celine did her best to make Karine’s life as joyful as possible. She would take Karine to local malls for shopping excursions.

Still, at 16, Karine was confined to bed,¬†critically ill. Celine held her in her arms and started to sing softly in her ears. Karine, who couldn’t breathe or swallow, closed her eyes. Celine looked at her mom, who was rubbing Karine’s feet as her circulation didn’t work, and they both knew her time had come. One tear fell down Karine’s cheek as she died.

Brigitte Dion | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion and grandchildren | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion and grandchildren | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Now, Celine has lost another niece. Brigitte Dion, 51,¬†died in a road accident¬†on December 28, 2023, in the Canadian town Saint-Thomas, near Joliette. The head-on collision accident happened in Lanaudi√®re region, near Brigitte’s home. Celine is yet to comment on her niece’s death.

Brigitte Dion and a family member | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion and a family member | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte, who was described as a joyful person, was the daughter of Clément Dion. This accident occurred when a vehicle left its lane for a reason that is unknown and began traveling in the opposite direction. The vehicle collided with a car in the other lane, and a third vehicle crashed into the two.

Brigitte Dion and a grandchild | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion and a grandchild | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte, who was in a white Mini Cooper and lived less than two kilometers away from the place where the accident occurred, was in one of the two vehicles involved in the initial collision. She was pronounced dead on the scene. The drivers of the other two vehicles suffered minor injuries and were taken to hospital.

News reports indicate that Brigitte was on her way to the convenience store but was forced to turn around because she¬†forgot her wallet. Her daughter Kim Cantin Dion said she didn’t know the exact facts but that it didn’t matter. Kim wrote a touching poem to her mother and shared it on Facebook.

Brigitte Dion and grandchildren | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion and grandchildren | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion and grandchildren | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

Brigitte Dion and grandchildren | Source: Facebook.com/kim.cantindion

She urged people to remember her mother as the beautiful and dynamite bomb she was, with her energy and laughter that could be heard from afar. Kim called Brigitte the best mom ever and a mother she had all to herself. “Talk about my mom often. Keep her alive, my mom. You’re still here, Mom. But in a different way. I love you mom,” she¬†wrote.

Celine’s health struggle with SPS is ongoing amidst mourning the loss of her loved ones. Claudette gave¬†a health update¬†in December 2023, informing fans that the singer had lost control of her muscles. Her family and fans hope she will come back on stage but since the¬†vocal cords and heart¬†are muscles, they aren’t sure in which state she will be in.

Celine Dion in Paris, France on May 22, 2008 | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion in Paris, France on May 22, 2008 | Source: Getty Images

Celine Dion's family | Source: Facebook.com/lafamilledion

Celine Dion’s family | Source: Facebook.com/lafamilledion

Claudette feels so much pain for what her sister is going through because Celine has always been disciplined and a hard worker. She is upset that since SPS is rare, little research has been done on it. However, even as Claudette questions how likely it is for her sister to perform again, she hopes that a cure will be found and Celine will be okay in the end.