From US Magazine By Joyce Chen: Chaka Khan canceled her upcoming performance at the California State Fair — as well as all her performances through the end of July — and checked herself into rehab for an addiction to prescription pain medication, her rep confirmed to the Modesto Bee.
“[Khan has] voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way,” representatives for the 63-year-old music legend said. According to the paper, the singer has already enrolled in rehab and an aftercare program.
While Prince’s addiction stemmed from chronic pain after a hip injury, Khan’s representatives have not identified the cause for the songstress’ addiction.
In a statement later released to the Associated Press on Sunday, Khan revealed that she has been battling an addiction to the same medication that led to Prince's death and his passing spurred her and her sister to seek treatment.
"The tragic death of Prince has has us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities," Khan said. "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 has battled with drug and alcohol addiction in the past and has been to rehab several times before.
“We are extremely disappointed Chaka Khan canceled because we knew how much the community was looking forward to it, yet at the same time we wish her the best in her health and full recovery,” State Fair spokeswoman Adrenna Alkhas said in a statement. “We are very excited to announce that Jody Watley and Shalamar will be replacing her. They will bring a high-energy performance that our guests will love.”
Khan’s performance at the California State Fair was originally set for Monday, July 11.