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Sly Stone Is Going to Rehab, Finally


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Sly Stone may be homeless, but he'll have a roof over his head for the next 90 days, hopefully: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame funk-rock legend has entered a rehabilitation center with the hopes of curbing his long addiction to drugs. A source tells Radar Online, "[Stone] wants to get clean, and stay sober. Sly has fallen on very hard times in the past few years. Sly will be in rehab for at least the next 90 days, and he is committed to getting sober." The singer was arrested for crack cocaine possession in April.

As The Amp wrote last month, when it was discovered that Sly was living in a small camper parked on a Los Angeles street, Stone has seen his fortune ravaged by decades of drug use, poor business decisions (including selling the rights to his music to Michael Jackson's Sony ATV for $1 million in 1984), and a ill-advised contract with former manager Jerry Goldstein. The drug abuse has been the main problem, however, as Stone's dependence has turned him largely into a recluse since 1987, even though he has reemerged for some one-off gigs in the past few years.

If Stone can defeat his addiction during this rehab stay and then schedule a tour, and the money from that tour goes into the bank instead of to a dealer, he might find himself in a house again soon instead of a Winnebago.

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