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“When a drug addict loses a friend, they just do more drugs,” the late Mark Lanegan says on the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now

Mark Lanegan of Screaming Trees performing in Chicago, Illinois in December 1992.

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“When a drug addict loses a friend, they just do more drugs,” the late Screaming Trees frontman and solo artist Mark Lanegan tells senior writer Kory Grow in an extraordinarily revealing interview on a new episode of our Rolling Stone Music Now podcast.

Lanegan, who died Feb. 22 at the age of 57, talks about losing Kurt Cobain, Anthony Bourdain, and other close friends, and shares heartbreaking details from his struggles with addiction and homelessness — including how Duff McKagan and Courtney Love came to his rescue.

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