Iconic singer-songwriter Chaka Khan has revealed that she will be entering an “intensive rehabilitation and aftercare program” alongside her sister to deal with an addiction to fentanyl, the opioid painkiller that was responsible for the death of Prince. The revered funk-soul queen has cited Prince’s passing as the motivation for seeking treatment. A statement from Chaka Khan released to The Associated Press revealed the following:
Representatives for Chaka Khan announced today that ten-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Chaka Khan has entered an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program which will cause her to postpone all dates scheduled for the month of July. Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way. 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.
It also featured quotes from Chaka Khan herself:
“Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer. 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. The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and re-evaluating 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.”