The Root Staff
Chaka Khan in 2015
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Chaka Khan, one of our national treasures, canceled her concert at the California State Fair two days before her show, announcing that she has entered rehab for drug addiction.

Fair officials reportedly received a message from Khan’s rep on Saturday, saying that the 10-time Grammy winner was entering an inpatient and after-care program for addiction to prescription pain medication.


Khan has been open in the past about her addiction to drugs.

The outlet reports that other July performances have been canceled and that Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded will perform in Khan’s place at the fair.

Roughly 400 people purchased reserved seating for Khan’s concert online. Those individuals should receive an automatic refund within a week.

Drugs, and pain medication specifically, have taken too many of our celebrities far too soon. Here’s to a full recovery for Chaka, who should be commended for getting the help she needs.


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