Timbaland Almost Died of an Overdose
Chart-topping record producer Timbaland has revealed he almost died of an overdose of painkillers.
The 45-year-old — who has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Katy Perry — has revealed he came perilously close to losing his life three years ago after becoming addicted to OxyContin.
Of his near-death experience, he shared, "All I can tell you is that there was a light.
"I woke up trying to catch my breath, like I was underwater."
Timbaland started taking painkillers over a decade ago because of an issue with his nerves, which he explained stemmed from a gunshot wound he suffered during his teens.
But over a period of time, the chart-topping star developed an addiction to the potentially dangerous painkillers.
He told Rolling Stone magazine, "Music is a gift and curse. Once you're not popping, it plays with your mind.
"The pills helped block out the noise — I'd just sleep all day.
"I remember Jay Z told me one time, 'Don't do no more interviews,' because I was saying crazy shit."
The producer's addiction eventually started to impact his career, with Timbaland's ability to produce hit records waning.
But having survived his near-death experience, the music star claims he now has a completely different perspective on his life and his career.
Timbaland, whose real name is Tim Mosley, explained, "Through that whole thing I saw life.
"I saw where I would be if I don't change, and where I could be if I did.
''I thought about Michael Jackson...I didn't want to be old and taking these pills."
Timbaland currently had a number of projects in the pipeline, but the producer says he's also determined to work with up-and-coming artists, too.
He said, ''Right now, I feel like what I can do with my legacy is to give back.
''Which means finding the youth of today.
"Look at Quincy Jones. He was 50 when he did 'Thriller'! What's my 'Thriller?'"