Prince's death has had a potentially life-changing outcome for Chaka Khan

Jul 12, 2016 at 9:29 a.m. ET
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Chaka Khan has been silently struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, but Prince's death has served as the wake-up call she needed to get help.

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Khan and her sister, Yvonne Stevens, also known as Taka Boom, have entered rehab, after reportedly battling an addiction to fentanyl — an opioid painkiller which Prince accidentally overdosed on in April — Billboard reports. And she was particularly honest with fans in a statement given to the Associated Press.

"The tragic death of Prince has had us both rethinking and reevaluating our lives and priorities," Khan said of herself and Stevens. "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."

Prince and Khan were longtime friends (she also covered his track "I Feel For You") and she was left heartbroken by his passing, taking to Instagram to pay tribute to her beloved friend.

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As a result of Khan's decision to enter rehab, some of her appearances on her summer tour have been postponed, including a gig at the Stanislaus County Fair in Turlock, California.

Her rep told E! News that she would be postponing all dates scheduled for July, adding, "Chaka has struggled with a dependence on prescription pain medications and has voluntarily entered the program to get healthy and stay that way. As part of the ongoing outpatient treatment the doctors have urged her to resume recording mid-July and all performances beginning August 1st and onward."

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Our thoughts are with you and your sister, Chaka Khan. Here's hoping you get the help that you need!

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