Celine Dion Cancels Shows Due to Vocal Cord Problems

Celine Dion has cancelled her scheduled Las Vegas performances on the advice of her physician to go on voice rest.

The power singer decided to seek further medical advice after experiencing difficulties in her vocal cords last week. Laryngeal physiologist Professor Gerald Berke M.D. of the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California diagnosed Celine with weakness in her right vocal cord, secondary to a viral illness; 6-8 weeks of voice-rest was prescribed.

In a statement, the singer explained, "I tried to sing at my sound-check last week, and I had no control of my voice whatsoever. We thought that after a few days rest I would improve but it wasn't getting any better....I guess it was worse than I thought.

She added, "I'm fortunate that I was able to see Professor Berke. He identified what was causing the problems I was having, and he assured me that with the amount of rest he prescribed, I would be back to 100%. Obviously this is the worst thing for a singer....not being able to do your shows. I feel worse knowing that I'm disappointing my fans. I'm so sorry.....I hope they forgive me."

For more information, check out Celine Dion's official website.