Chaka Khan Calls Off July Shows

Chaka Khan said she and her sister Taka Boom checked into rehab yesterday, which means the Queen of Funk will be forced to nix some upcoming dates.

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Fairgrounds Racecourse, New Orleans, La.

An announcement on Chaka’s website said her July performances, mostly at fairs in California, would be called off. One of those was scheduled today at the  in Sacramento.

The singer has struggled with addiction in the past, dealing with drug abuse and alcoholism throughout her career as the frontwoman of Rufus and as a solo artist. referenced a 2013 statement she issued on her recent battle with prescription medication: “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.”

Chaka collaborated with Prince and issued the following comment on Twitter after the singer’s death, which it later was discovered was due to prescription medication: “I LOVED him, the world LOVED him. Now he’s at peace with his Father. Rest in power, @prince, my brother.”

Khan’s website said she volunteered herself for treatment and the subsequent outpatient program, and doctors are encouraging her to resume recording later this month and performing in August.