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Chaka Khan cancels concert at State Fair, enters rehab

Chaka Khan.
Chaka Khan. The Associated Press

Chaka Khan, a 10-time Grammy Award-winning artist, canceled her concert at the California State Fair two days before the show after announcing she entered into rehab for drug addiction, according to Cal Expo officials.

Fair officials received a message from Khan’s representative Saturday, stating that the singer was entering into an addiction rehabilitation and aftercare program for addiction to prescription pain medication, said Sabrina Rodriguez, a Cal Expo spokesman.

The singer was scheduled to perform at the State Fair on Monday night. Khan’s additional performances for July were also canceled, according to the message from her representatives.

“What ends up happening is that we get this announcement and we work on finding a suitable performance replacement as soon as we can,” Rodriguez said.

Grammy Award-winner Jody Watley featuring Shalamar Reloaded will perform in Khan’s place, Rodriguez said.

Roughly 400 people purchased reserved seating for Khan’s concert online, according to Rodriguez. She said those individuals should receive an automatic refund within a week.

Additional reserved tickets were purchased at the box office, Rodriguez said, adding that those buyers would need to return to the box office or email boxoffice@calexpo.com for a refund.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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