Bon Jovi's Richie Sambora Leaves Tour & Returns to Rehab

The show will go on without Richie Sambora, as the Bon Jovi guitarist has taken a break from touring to reportedly enter rehab.

"Our support for Richie is absolute," Bon Jovi said in a statement Thursday. "He is, and will remain, a member of Bon Jovi. Although he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return. In the meantime, we will keep our commitment to our fans and continue our tour."

Though the band would not confirm the rehab news, a source close to the rocker, 52, says Sambora is checking in to a facility to address exhaustion and sobriety issues.

"Richie recently has been drinking too much, and wants to get his life together," a source told RadarOnline.com. "Richie has had a busy year. I think this was a culmination of all the things that overloaded his life and finally he realized he needed to take care of himself." 

This isn't Sambora's first rehab stint. He sought treatment in 2007, after divorcing wife Heather Locklear, and then again in 2008. He also pled no contest to a DUI charge that same year, after he was arrested for driving under the influence with daughter Ava in the car.

Bon Jovi's next show is scheduled for April 30 in New Orleans, and the band is set to embark on a European tour this June.

We wish Richie a speedy recovery.

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