According to an interview with The Fix, Andrew Zimmern, chef, food writer, and host of Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, was a "New York City garbage-head" who, before achieving nearly 20 years of sobriety, was addicted to heroin, cocaine, and alcohol -- and saw death as the only way out.
The 49-year-old foodie and consumer of wildebeast eyeballs had this to say:
"Every day you'd do your hustle or whatever to get enough money for booze and you'd buy a bottle of Comet cleanser. And I'd sprinkle it in a circle around my little pile of clothes that I slept on, so that roaches and rodents didn't crawl over that line and hassle me when I passed out at the end of the night. It's a pretty horrific way to live."
Check out the full interview of Zimmern's bounce back from the brink here.