It's long been rumored that rock icon Bob Dylan suffered from a heroin addiction, but solid proof had never been provided until a previously unearthed interview surfaced featuring Dylan speaking at length about his habit.
According to BBC News, the interview was taped by Dylan's friend Robert Shelton during a 1966 plane ride and includes some extrodinary confessions from the normally tight-lipped musician
"I kicked a heroin habit in New York City," Dylan said. "I got very, very strung out for a while, I mean really, very strung out. And I kicked the habit. I had about a $25-a-day habit and I kicked it."
That drug habit, along with the pressures of fame, also drove Dylan to contemlplate suicide. As he said in the interview, "Death to me is nothing... death to me means nothing as long as I can die fast. Many times I've known I could have been able to die fast, and I could have easily gone over and done it. I'll admit to having this suicidal thing... but I came through this time."
The now 70-year-old Dylan is still recording and touring. A new edition of Shelton's, "No Direction Home", which contains further eceprts, was recently re-released.