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October 25, 2014

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Celine Dion’s ‘All By Myself’ YouTube fan Richard Dunn meets his idol on Fourth of July

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Celine Dion, Richard Dunn (holding the young girl) and his family and friends at the Colosseum on Friday, July 4, 2014, at Caesars Palace.

Richard Dunn All By Myself

Celine Dion thanks Richard Dunn

Celine Dion super-fan Richard Dunn, now known worldwide for his 2 a.m. video of her hit remake “All By Myself” filmed via his cell phone at our Las Vegas McCarran Airport, returned to the Strip with family and friends Friday night to celebrate the Fourth of July Weekend with the Caesars Palace superstar headliner.

Richard filmed his incredible video posted on YouTube last month while stranded overnight in our empty airport after giving up seats on two Delta flights home to Atlanta in exchange for travel vouchers for a return visit. Richard had moved from Canada to Atlanta as a video engineer designer.

His unique video went viral worldwide with more than 13 million views, and Celine, who recently performed her 200th show at the Colosseum in her current residency, herself filmed a short YouTube video with an invitation to “come back and visit” her at the Colosseum.

Richard and his family and friends flew in for the holiday weekend, as Vegas DeLuxe had reported would happen, and met with Celine after her performance Friday night. They posed for a group photograph.

He said afterward: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime memory I never thought would happen but will last forever.”

We’ll have a full report and more photos Monday, so please be sure to check back.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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