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Former Alice in Chains Rocker Mike Starr Dead at 44

  1. SamanthaRabbit
    Former Alice in Chains Rocker Mike Starr Dead at 44

    (Reuters) - Former Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr, who went public with his drug problems on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," was found dead in a Salt Lake City house, police said on Tuesday, nine years after the rock band's singer died of an overdose. Starr was 44.

    A spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Dept. said officers responded to a call about a possible body at a residence southwest of downtown earlier in the afternoon.

    "There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual," the spokesman said.

    He did not have any information about the state of Starr's body, or who made the call. The medical examiner's office will likely conduct an autopsy on Wednesday, but the results of toxicology tests could take up to two months.

    Starr was fired from the band shortly after the release of its breakthrough 1992 album "Dirt," which was packed with drug-related songs. In 1994, he was sentenced to 90 days in a Texas jail for stealing a piece of luggage at the Houston Intercontinental Airport.

    His former bandmates meanwhile, with replacement Mike Inez on board, enjoyed even greater success at the helm of the Seattle "grunge" movement. But singer Layne Staley's drug battles put the brakes on the band in 1996. His decomposed body was found in a Seattle apartment in April 2002.

    Starr was possibly the last person to see Staley alive, and admitted to feeling deep guilt about not calling 911 after a sick Staley had warned him against it.

    "I wish I hadn't been high on benzodiazepine (an anti-anxiety sedative). I wouldn't have just walked out the door," a tearful Starr said last year on "Celebrity Rehab," a VH1 reality show hosted by addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky.

    Starr said later on Pinsky's syndicated "Loveline" radio show that he felt "naked without Layne in this life. Still to this day, I don't care ... about them dismissing me from the band. I love Layne for the human being that he is. I just really miss him."

    Starr was unable to beat his demons despite the rehab stint. He was arrested in Salt Lake City three weeks ago on an outstanding warrant related to an earlier drugs charge, and was also carrying unauthorized prescription medications.

    The band's surviving original members, guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney, said in a statement they were mourning the loss of their friend and requested privacy. Alice in Chains has reunited with some success in recent years with new singer/guitarist William DuVall.

    Pinsky said on Twitter: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."

    TMZ, which broke the news of Starr's death, quoted his father as saying, "It's a terrible shock and tragedy."

    March 8th, 2011


  1. SamanthaRabbit
    Mike Starr's Death Leaves Fans 'Heartbroken'

    Mike Starr's Death Leaves Fans 'Heartbroken'

    News of former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr's death on Tuesday (March 8) had a big impact on his famous friends, including Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixx and Dr. Drew, who treated Starr on "Celebrity Rehab." But the hardest hit may have been fans of the late musician, who flooded MTV News' comments section with memories of his music and well-wishes for his family.

    "Very Sad," Cheryl wrote. "My heart goes out to everyone he left behind. Addiction is very hard to kick."

    Kim added: "Not only do I love Alice in Chains, but I watched Mike on 'Celebrity Rehab' and 'Sober House' and you get to where you feel like you know them. This breaks my heart in two...there are not words. RIP, Mike."

    Other commenters echoed those thoughts, lamenting Starr's fatal addictions.

    "Such a sad story about him," Kandi wrote. "I guess it's not a shock because I was watching him on 'Celebrity Rehab' & 'Sober House.' Drugs are no joke at all. RIP Mike Starr."

    "Very sad to hear. My thoughts are with his family," said fellow "Celebrity Rehab" viewer Michiangel. "I watched him struggle on 'Celebrity Rehab' and really hoped that he would surpass his addiction."

    Teegee16 hoped other addicts would take Starr's death to heart: "They say you can't scare an addict but here's proof again that we can most certainly die from drugs. Hopefully he didn't die in vain and someone out there got the message about how serious addiction is."

    "I am so heartbroken, I don't have words," Sometimes_Charlotte wrote. "My heart goes out to his family. He meant a lot to me; I have personal reasons for this. I can only imagine how devastated his family is."

    Other fans remembered Starr's musical legacy as bassist for Alice in Chains from their inception in the late '80s until 1993.

    "Rest in peace brother," Thorum wrote. "Thanks for the music and good times!!"

    "You made a difference in my life, however humble that might be," James A. Brennan wrote to Starr. "Rest in peace dude."

    Kevin called out his favorite album by the band: "Alice in Chains, Dirt...no substitute. God bless."

    This isn't the first loss for Alice in Chains fans: Frontman Layne Staley died of a drug overdose back in 2002.

    "Another great loss to the band and great bassists; too young brother," Joe wrote.

    "Layne has some more company in Rock 'n Roll Heaven now," Sonia wrote. "R.I.P.,Mike. Alice In Chains fan forever."

    March 9th, 2011
  2. bubbly nubs
    Gutted as fuck. What a sad day..

    R.I.P You legend. Say "hey" to Layne for me :'(
  3. RubyHollywood
    Melts my heart. Layne & now Mike too. Such a sad day. May they rock together in the afterlife....RIP Mike Christopher Starr
  4. Mick Mouse
    CNN-Mike Starr, the former Alice in Chains bassist whose battle with drugs was chronicled on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab" was found dead in Salt Lake City, officials said.

    Police say they responded to a call Tuesday of a possible death at a residence. The cause and manner of death were not immediately available.

    Starr's former Alice in Chains band mates, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, released a statement, offering their support for his family. The band's original singer, Layne Staley, died from a drug overdose in 2002.

    "Jerry and Sean are mourning the loss of their friend and ask the media respect their privacy-and the privacy of Mike's family-during this difficult time. Their thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family." it read.

    Alice in Chains, a U.S. grunge band, shot to fame in the early 1990's. Starr left the group soon after the release of the 1992 album,"Dirt."

    He appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."

    "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family." the doctor wrote on his twitter page.

  5. Mick Mouse
    I found the last statement in the above article to be interesting- "succumbing to his illness"? Maybe Dr. Drew knows more than the press is releasing?
  6. TicksAndLeaches
    Well he was just arrested on caring false prescriptions. So this says he could have relapsed or he could have had some drugs to keep him off the hard stuff. He could have had some benzos obtained illegally to help him sleep without the heroin. But who knows until the toxicology report comes back. RIP to a great bassist in a legendary band, I know Ill be blasting Dirt and Facelift all day today.
  7. SamanthaRabbit
    Dr. Drew is referring to his addiction as is illness. The sad thing is, I watched the seasons of Celebrity Rehab where they had him on the show, and it was painful to see what he had degraded to over the years. From everything that they depicted on the show he was a really kind person who had inner demons that he just couldn't get past. It is sounding like it was more than likely an overdose :(
  8. TooFastTim
    Fuckin terrible news. Guy was fighting those goddamn demons and they got him.
  9. SamanthaRabbit
    Mike Starr -- Mixing Drugs Hours Before Death

    Mike Starr -- Mixing Drugs Hours Before Death

    Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr was "mixing" methadone and anxiety medication hours before he died ... this according to Mike's roommate.

    The roommate tells TMZ ... Mike had been using methadone recently in an effort to get sober -- but he had also been taking medication to battle anxiety issues he had been suffering from since his arrest last month.

    We're told Mike was doing a pretty good job managing his medication -- but according to Mike's roommate, Starr was "mixing" the meds Monday night .. just hours before he died.

    Law enforcement sources tell us Mike's official cause of death has yet to be determined.

    Starr's roommate added, "Mike was a beautiful person who was fighting to stay sober ... I am going to miss him greatly."

    March 9th, 2011
  10. Moving Pictures
    Goddamn shame. Another loss for an amazing group.

    R.I.P., man. Say hello to heaven...
  11. Munter
    An amazing musician, a fellow user, an awesome human being... now you can jam with the angels - peace out
  12. TicksAndLeaches
    Damn, from what I remember on the show he was also addicted to methadone, having beat heroin and cocaine was so much for him and such a struggle,

    You can't understand a users mind, but try with your books and degrees
  13. FreeBliss
    so sad. R.I.P. brother
  14. SamanthaRabbit
    Former Alice in Chains bassist’s friends said he didn’t kill himself

    Former Alice in Chains bassist’s friends said he didn’t kill himself

    Mike Starr had addiction problems, but was on the road to recovery and didn’t commit suicide, two of his friends said Wednesday, the day after the former Alice in Chains bassist was found dead in a Salt Lake City house.

    Starr, who played bass for the seminal Seattle grunge band from its formation in 1987 to 1993, died nearly three weeks after being arrested by Salt Lake City police on Feb. 18.

    "I don’t think this was a suicide," said Brett Gunn of Salt Lake City, Starr’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor. "We had a lot of plans."

    Starr was living in the 1900 block of Richards Street with Spencer Roddan, a fellow musician who had known Starr for several years after being introduced to him by a friend, Travis Meeks. Roddan and Meeks met while in rehab at Utah’s Cirque Lodge Drug Rehab Center in Sundance.

    Meeks, the frontman of the rock band Days of the New, found Starr’s body at about 1 p.m. Tuesday in Roddan’s house.

    "I don’t think [his death] was intentional," said Roddan. "Our deal was he had to be clean. He said he was going to make me proud."

    Starr has been living with Roddan for about six weeks. He and Meeks had been making music in Roddan’s basement recording studio. Meeks had booked shows on the East Coast the weekend of March 18, Roddan said, and Starr was going to join him on the road.

    Starr had other musical plans, Gunn said. He wanted to collaborate with Gunn’s Salt Lake City band Nazty Habit, and had spoken of playing with hard-rock bands P.O.D. and Korn. He had much to live for, both Gunn and Roddan said, with Gunn adding that the two planned to go to California this weekend to pick up some of Starr’s instruments.

    The Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy. But both Roddan and Gunn said they believe the death was caused by Starr using both methadone and other prescription drugs. During the Feb. 18 traffic stop, Starr was a passenger in Meeks’ vehicle and was allegedly found with six Opana pain pills and six Alprazolam pills for which he did not have a prescription. He was charged by police with a third-degree felony and one class B misdemeanor count of possession or use of a controlled substance.

    Gunn said Starr had been using Opana to deal with a recurring pain from an injury. He then began using anti-anxiety medication Alprazolam, a benzodiazepine usually referred to by its trade name, Xanax, after his February run-in with the law. Gunn said he didn’t know Starr had been using the other medications while on methadone until after Starr’s death, when Meeks told him.

    Health Central.com reports that "the most dangerous combination is methadone with a benzodiazepine ... This combination can be fatal by stopping breathing." WebMd.com instructs patients taking methadone to tell their doctor or pharmacist if they are considering taking alprazolam because there is a risk of serious side effects, such as slow or shallow breathing."

    The death came 18 years after Starr left Alice in Chains during the band’s tour supporting their 1992 album "Dirt."

    On Alice in Chains’ website Wednesday, the band posted a note: "Members of Alice in Chains are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy — and the privacy of the Starr family — during this difficult time. Their thoughts & prayers are with the Starr family."

    Starr returned to the limelight in 2010 when starred in the third season of the hit VH1 reality series, "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew [Pinsky]," which chronicled his attempts at beating his addiction to drugs. He then appeared in the spinoff series "Sober House," which documented his stay at a sober-living home.

    In "Celebrity Rehab," Starr appeared with other patients, including actor Tom Sizemore and Mackenzie Phillips, and was often shown fighting with residents and workers at the Pasadena Recovery Center while detoxing.

    In the fourth season of the show, Starr reappeared for one episode to talk to the latest cast in rehab about his ongoing fight for sobriety.

    Drew Pinsky’s publicist said Wednesday that Pinsky would have no further comment beyond the message he had posted on his Twitter account: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."

    Roddan said he is upset in the wake of Starr’s death, and Gunn was still in disbelief. They prefer to remember Starr as a fun-loving jokester who loved eating gyros at local fast-food chain "Mad Greek."

    "The night before he died, he said, ‘Spencer, I love you,’" Roddan said.

    "He was messed up and I didn’t know what to do," said Gann about a conversation he had with Starr the night before he died. "I gave him a hug and said I loved him."

    March 9th, 2010
    The Salt Lake Tribune
  15. musicislife81
    [imgl=white]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=19562&stc=1&d=1299739473[/imgl]I apologize about the size of that picture, I couldn't get it any smaller.... it just wouldn't work....

    Anyway.. this whole thing with Mike has deeply affected me, not sure why, I think after losing Layne, and watching Mike's whole hearted attempt at sobriety, and seeing Layne's mother there for support all through Mike's stay in rehab.... man, it's like, the guy just couldn't win.... completely reminded me of the movie "Less Than Zero"... when Downey Jr. finally decides to give up the blow and leave town, and then does the last of what he has, and dies in the car... just so sad... entirely too many amazingly talented artists have been lost in my lifetime.... I think it was Tom Morello from Rage that referred to Layne Staley as an 'Angry Angel' I gotta agree with that, him and Mike both, true tortured souls. Really makes you understand the fine line between genius and insanity.... been listening to Mad Season and AIC all day today.... well, at least he is free from the guilt he seems to have been carrying for the last 9 years, and will finally get to say all the things to Layne that he didn't get the chance to.... I picture Layne, Jimi, Janis, Morrison, River, Dean, Marilyn, Shannon Hoon, Brad Nowell and all the rest just hanging out together, revelling in eachother's amazingness.... well boys, here's to you and save me a spot up there!!
  16. Roads
    This has saddened SWIM greatly. SWIM grew up listening to Alice in Chains and Soundgarden and all the other grunge rock bands.

    Requiscat in Pace.
  17. ruby1998
    Damn, damn, damn. I KNEW oxymorphone was going to be scarier than oxycodone, the same way hydromorphone is better than hydrocodone. We've been using it in the veterinary field for years and it is THE SHIT. Betcha Mike is just the first to fall under it's spell. Fucking benzo's suck-don't trust yourself with the two together unless someone sober is holding-you forget how many you took, and boom.
  18. Pain Hurts
    Watched all of the episodes with genius musician Mike Starr on the tv show and I saw something big coming. He just seemed to be already taken by the drugs.

    RIP , a great performer and person will be sadly missed on this small and hateful world. :cry:
  19. SamanthaRabbit
    Mike Starr Memorial Today - Grunge Salute at Space Needle

    Mike Starr Memorial -- Grunge Salute at Space Needle


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    Mike Starr's memorial is going down today at Seattle's Space Needle where the family and friends have planned an awesome water fountain tribute show for the former Alice in Chains bassist.

    Mike's sister, Melinda Starr, tells us everyone is gathering around International Fountain -- next to the Space Needle -- where a water show is usually set to classical music ... but for the memorial it'll be rocking to Alice in Chains tunes.

    Melinda says officials at Seattle Center offered to change the music for the memorial -- and adds Seattle Police are providing security, free of charge.

    Starr was found dead earlier this month in Salt Lake City.

    Melinda says some of Mike's old Alice in Chains mates will also be at the tribute -- which is open to the public and begins at 4:00 PM.

    March 20, 2010
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