Chaka Khan and her sister, Yvonne Stevens, entered drug rehab for addiction to fentanyl, the prescription painkiller that killed singer Prince.
Khan, 63, said she has been battling prescription-drug addiction for years, according to a statement posted on her website.
“Representatives for Chaka Khan announced that 10-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,” read the statement.
“Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy.”
Khan was inspired to go to rehab by the death of her friend, singer Prince (see video). Prince died in April 2016 at age 57 from an overdose of the prescription painkiller fentanyl.
“The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities,” said Chaka. “We knew it was time to take action to save our lives.”
Khan performed Prince’s song I Feel For You, which was one of her biggest hits. The two were good friends for many years.
In 2012, Chaka made headlines after losing 60 pounds and reversing her type 2 diabetes. Khan’s weight loss secret was a vegan diet, Examiner reported.
“I had type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, so I went on a radical change of lifestyle,” said Chaka, who got off diabetes drugs thanks to her vegan diet.
The health and weight loss benefits of a vegan diet are no surprise to Dr. David Katz, director of Yale University’s Prevention Research Center.
“A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature — predominantly plants — is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention,” said Dr. Katz, author of Disease-Proof.
Dr. Neal Barnard agrees. “Studies suggest that free radicals [toxic molecules that form in the body] contribute to aging,” Barnard wrote in his book, the 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.
“A vegan diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, is full of antioxidants which help protect the body from damage by free radicals.”
In 2011, Chaka Khan was awarded permanent custody of her then granddaughter after a Los Angeles judge ruled the child’s drug-addicted parents (including Khan’s son) were unable to properly care for her. Best wishes to her on a speedy recovery.