Chaka Khan (pictured) is one of the most established female vocalists and songwriters in the history of American music.
However, Khan’s latest concert scheduled to go down at the California State Fair has been canceled, according to a representative from her camp. She’s currently being treated for addiction to prescription pain pills after checking herself into rehab.
The concert was scheduled for this evening. A spokesperson from Cal Expo, the main sponsor of the event also claimed that the 63-year-old singer’s other concerts scheduled for this month have been canceled as well . Khan’s reps arranged for Cal Expo to make the announcements via a statement.
“What ends up happening is that we get this announcement and we work on finding a suitable performance replacement as soon as we can,” said Cal Expo’s spokesperson.
400 people purchased tickets online to see Khan’s performance tonight. Cal Expo’s spokesperson said that these people will receive refunds for their tickets within a week. It was later announced that Jodi Watley and the group Shalamar Reloaded will be performing in Khan’s place.
People who bought their tickets at the box office will have to return there with proof of purchase in order to receive their refund. Khan’s music career spans over four decades. She has won 10 Grammy Awards and has a long list of platinum hits.
However, her latest ordeal reveals a frightening reality occurring in her life, which affects many Americans who are struggling with chemical dependency. According to the CDC, 2014 was the deadliest year ever for prescription drug abusers. About 78 people die from opioid overdoses on a daily basis.
Deaths from prescription opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone have quadrupled since 1999. People die from overdosing on legal prescription drugs more often than those who overdose on illegal drugs, such as cocaine.