Dennis Hopper's battle with drugs, alcohol

dennis-hopper-easy-rider.jpgThe world is mourning the death of Dennis Hopper, age 74, who died Saturday, May 29 after a year-long fight against prostate cancer. But the actor/director/producer/writer/artist fought and won another battle -- a personal battle with drugs and alcohol over 27 years ago.

"I've been sober now for 18 years," Hopper told the Dish Rag in 2001, when I visited him at his Venice compound for a profile which appeared in the magazine, Cigar Afficionado. (He loved and collected cigars).

 "With all the drugs, psychedelics and narcotics I did, I was [really] an alcoholic," he admitted. "Honestly, I only used to do cocaine so I could sober up and drink more."