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Mike Starr, Rocker and 'Celebrity Rehab' Patient, Dies Aged 44

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 9th 2011 6:52AM
Mike StarrMike Starr, the original bassist for Alice in Chains, has died at the age of 44. Police say his body was found at a house in Salt Lake City, Utah Tuesday afternoon.

The cause of death has not yet been announced, but a spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Dept. said, "There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual."

Starr's father told TMZ "It's a terrible shock and tragedy."

Starr battled drug addiction for many years, and went public with his substance abuse problems in 2010 when he appeared on Season 3 of VH1's 'Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.'

Dr. Drew Pinsky expressed his condolences via Twitter: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."

Starr was arrested three weeks ago in Salt Lake City on an outstanding warrant related to an earlier drugs charge, and suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance for allegedly having six Xanax pills and six tablets of the painkiller Opana.

Starr left Alice in Chains shortly after the release of their breakthrough 1992 album 'Dirt,' and before they went on to enjoy greater success during the heyday of Seattle grunge. He later admitted that he left the band because of his drug addiction. His fellow band member, singer Layne Staley, died of a drug overdose in 2002.

After appearing in 'Celebrity Rehab,' where his fellow patients included Heidi Fleiss, Dennis Rodman and Mindy McCready, Starr seemed unable to overcome his addictions. He later appeared on the spin-off show, 'Sober House,' in an acrimonious season during which he assaulted a cameraman and fought with Tom Sizemore.

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Karla Young

we all dont make it.just a f fact.been there done that,surprised i made it.we all dont.

March 25 2011 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer Smith

here is cool online memorial for Mike http://www.memorialmatters.com/memorials.php?page=MikeStarr

March 10 2011 at 7:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debbie Bitz

Oh man, how sad. I was wondering if he was still sober or not. Guess I got my answer. RIP Mike

March 09 2011 at 7:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jh4vols

Drug addiction doesnt just kill the famous, it kills the poor, rich, black, white, fat, skinny, ugly and beautiful!!! What people must understand is that once you become and addict you have about a 1% chance of staying recovered and that this problem will be with you for the rest of your life. What might be a novel idea is to STOP this on the front end before kids,and adults every become addicts!!! I pray for Starr's family and all of the addicts in this world.

March 09 2011 at 3:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tab076073

There is only so much a doctor can do.

March 09 2011 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brandon

Maybe Dr. Drew will wake up now, realize what an enable he has become, and put an end to this nonsense. He has become nothing but an outlet for Attention W h o r e s.

March 09 2011 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brandon

Hate it when I do this. Tried to say Dr. Drew has become an ENABLER. Forgive my typo. If anything, I can at least repeat a sad fact.

March 09 2011 at 9:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
R.H. Golem

"Celebrity Rehab" really works wonders with its celebrities.

March 09 2011 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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