Chaka Khan Enters Rehab For Prescription Drug Addiction
Grammy award winning R&B singer Chaka Khan is canceling her July performances in order to focus on her health, according to her website.
The 63-year-old singer will enter into a drug rehabilitation program. Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way,” a message to fans on Khan’s website said Sunday.
The statement went on to read, “As part of the ongoing outpatient treatment the doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July and commence all performances beginning August 1st and onward.”
The 63-year-old Grammy-winning singer said she has been battling an addiction to the same medication that led to Prince’s death. Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home April 21. An autopsy found he died of an overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller.
“Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer,” she said. “However, it’s vital that I put my health and well-being first. I know that I am disappointing some of my fans, but I also know they would want me to recover and be well and healthy.”
Khan has entered an intensive rehabilitation and aftercare program with sister, Yvonne Stevens, also known as Taka Boom.
Khan said the pair “agreed we would take this journey together and support each other through the recovery.”
“The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities. We knew it was time to take action to save our lives. My sister and I would like to thank everyone for their support, love and prayers.”
Khan covered Prince’s song “I Feel For You,” which became one of her biggest hits. The two were longtime friends.
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