Report: Chaka Khan Enters Rehab to Treat Prescription Drug Addiction

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R&B singer Chaka Khan and her sister, Yvonne Stevens, have reportedly entered a rehabilitation program to seek treatment for prescription drug abuse, spurred by Prince‘s death.

Reports say Khan, best known for songs “Tell Me Something Good” and a cover of Prince’s song “I Feel for You,” was shaken by her good friend’s death in April from an overdose of fentanyl, an opioid painkiller, which is the same drug Khan reportedly has an addiction to.

A rep for the singer said Khan has “voluntarily entered” a treatment program “to get healthy and stay that way,” The Modesto Bee reports.

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Khan has been battling an addiction to prescription drugs for many years. In 2013, she wrote on her website:

“The battle of addiction is a serious and long process, which is why I chose to address my use of prescription medications – which came about as a result of the knee surgery I had a few years ago. When and if necessary, I will seek alternative methods and traditional treatment to stay ahead of any potential problem. So many are not here today, and have lost this battle with addiction. Because these medications are legal, their abuse is often unknown—until it’s too late. If not handled they are a silent killer.”