By: Umme Kulsum
May 31 2023
The video shows a woman from Florida, U.S., who attended her son’s wedding in a wheelchair due to her health condition.
A video of a woman being helped out of her wheelchair and hugging her son at a wedding has gone viral on social media. Many users identified the woman in the video as Canadian singer Celine Dion. The Facebook post had text written on it, which read, “R.I.P Celine Dion.” The post had gathered more than nine thousand views at the time of writing this story.
This comes after Dion released a video on her official Instagram account on December 8, 2022, and said that she is suffering from “Stiff-Person Syndrome,” a rare neurological condition that causes muscle stiffness and painful spasms. However, the woman in the video is not Celine Dion.
Logically Facts found that the original video has been on the internet since 2022. The footage was published on the website of Good Morning America (GMA) on July 27, 2022. GMA identified her as Kathy Poirier, a woman who suffers from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
Images of Poirier and her son from the wedding were posted on her blog, Grit And Grace With ALS, where she can be seen wearing the same outfit as seen in the viral video.
Since Dion disclosed her health condition in late 2022, misinformation regarding her passing away and her health has been circulating on social media. In April 2023, Logically Facts debunked a video allegedly depicting Celine Dion on her deathbed.
The viral video is old footage from 2022 and shows a Florida woman who suffers from ALS, and not Canadian singer Celine Dion. Therefore, we have marked this claim as false.