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Chaka Khan Checks Into Rehab for Prescription Drug Addiction, Says Prince’s Death Prompted Her to Seek Help

by Leena Tailor 3:49 PM PDT, July 10, 2016
Playing Chaka Khan Checks Into Rehab for Prescription Drug Addiction, Says Prince’s Death Prompted Her to Seek Help

Chaka Khan has checked into rehab with her sister, Yvonne Stevens.

ET confirms that the pair have entered an intensive rehabilitation and aftercare program to treat their addiction to Fentanyl, the same opioid painkiller blamed for Prince’s death.

"Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer," the 63-year-old singer said in a statement. "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."

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The former Dancing with the Stars contestant added that she and her sister, also known as Taka Boom, had decided to seek treatment together and “support each other through the recovery."

Part of what prompted her to seek help was losing her close friend, Prince, in April. The longtime pals collaborated on the 1984 hit, "I Feel For You."

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"The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities,” she said in the statement. “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."

Another singer, Demi Lovato, has been very open about how seeking treatment for a number of issues, including drug abuse and eating disorders, saved her life. Find out more about the importance of her rehab stint in the video below.

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