American Singer Chaka Khan is set to go into rehab for “a dependence on prescription pain medications” and will be missing out on some upcoming concerts.
The Grammy-award 63-year old singer, whose hits include Ain’t Nobody, said she has voluntarily entered the programme to get and stay healthy.
According to her, she had been battling an addiction to fentanyl, the same powerful painkiller that led to Prince’s death in April. So she ain’t taking chances on her life. Chaka Khan and Prince were longtime friends and did a collaborated in 1984’s hit song,“I Feel For You”.
Chaka Khan and Prince
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate that is about 80 times more potent than morphine and hundred times more potent than heroin.
Khan’s sister, Yvonne Stevens (aka Taka Boom) has also entered a rehabilitation and aftercare program. Both women agreed to take the rehab journey together and support each other through the recovery.
“Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer,” sayd Chaka Khan. “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 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.”
As a result of entering the program, Khan has cancelled her lined-up performances over the summer, one of which was scheduled to take place at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, California, on Wednesday. According to her website, Chaka Khan should be back on tour on 1 August 2016.