'Rethinking and reevaluating' her life after Prince's death, Chaka Khan enters rehab for perscription drug addiction

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Prince's Death Helps Chaka Khan Decide To Enter Rehab For Drugs

Funk songstress Chaka Khan and her sister, Yvonne Stevens, have entered into an intensive drug rehabilitation program to treat their addictions to prescription drugs. The news comes days after Khan unexpectedly pulled out of a scheduled performance at the California State Fair.

"Unfortunately, I will miss concert appearances over the summer," Khan said in a statement to the AP. "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 Grammy-winner also noted that her addiction involved the same medication that led to Prince's death, and the Purple One himself — who was good friend of Khan's — helped inspire the sisters to seek treatment.

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OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 14: Chaka Khan performs during KBLX's Legends Of Love concert at ORACLE Arena on February 14, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Chaka Khan attends 22nd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on February 6, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Gregg Felsen/Getty Images for Desert AIDS Project)
Chaka Khan entertains at 22nd Annual Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards on February 6, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Gregg Felsen/Getty Images for Desert AIDS Project)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 13: Chaka Khan and Sandra St. Victor attend Daughters of Soul at Maverick's Flat on December 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Chaka Khan and Andy Grammer perform onstage during ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' live finale held at The Grove on November 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
KINGSTON, NY - NOVEMBER 08: Chaka Khan performs at Ulster Performing Arts Center on November 8, 2015 in Kingston, New York. (Photo by Steve Mack/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Dancer/TV personality Keo Motsepe (L) and singer Chaka Khan attend ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' photo op at CBS Studios on September 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
DANCING WITH THE STARS - CHAKA KHAN - The celebrity cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' is lacing up their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Chaka Khan is partnered with Keo Motsepe. (Photo by Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images)
RIVERHEAD, NY - AUGUST 05: Chaka Khan performs during day two of the 2015 FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards on August 5, 2015 in Riverhead, New York. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
RIVERHEAD, NY - AUGUST 05: Chaka Khan performs during day two of the 2015 FOLD Festival at Martha Clara Vineyards on August 5, 2015 in Riverhead, New York. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 03: Chaka Khan performs during the Red Bull Tropical Edition Party at The Box Soho on July 3, 2015 in London, England. Guests enjoyed a performance full of classics by disco legend Chaka Khan. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Red Bull)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 03: Chaka Khan performs at Celebrate Brooklyn! 2015 Opening Night Gala & Chaka Khan Concert at Prospect Park Bandshell on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - MAY 15: Chaka Khan attends the AARP Superstar 2015 finale at AARP Life@50+ Expo at the Miami Beach Convention Center on May 15, 2015 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Musical artist Chaka Khan and Nile Rodgers attend the 2015 We are Family Foundation Celebration Gala at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Shahar Azran/WireImage)
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEBRUARY 17: Chaka Khan attends the Skoda Presents New Skoda Superb on February 17, 2015 in Prague, Czech Republic. (Photo by Franziska Krug/Getty Images for Skoda)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 31: Chaka Khan performs on stage at the New Year's Eve Masterjam at Media City Amphitheatre on December 31, 2014 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Helen Boast/Redferns via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer Chaka Khan attends the 2014 Ebony Magazine Power 100 List celebration on November 19, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 25: Musician Chaka Khan attends the GRAMMY Gift Lounge during the 56th Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23: Recording artist Chaka Khan attends the will.i.am hosted third annual TRANS4M concert benefitting the i.am.angel Foundation at Avalon on January 23, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for i.am.angel Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Singer Chaka Khan performs as U.S. Postal Service unveils a Limited-Edition Forever Stamp honoring Ray Charles In Los Angeles at The GRAMMY Museum on September 23, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rodrigo Vaz/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Singer Chaka Khan attends the 24th annual Heroes and Legends Awards at Beverly Hills Hotel on September 22, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/FilmMagic)
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"The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities," she continued. "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."

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