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Mike Starr, former Alice in Chains musician, dies at 44

Mike Starr, the former bassist for the rock band Alice in Chains whose battle with drugs was chronicled on the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab,” was found dead Tuesday in Salt Lake City, officials said. He was 44.

Police said they responded to a call of a possible death at a residence. The cause of death was 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.

Alice in Chains shot to fame in the early 1990s. Starr left the band soon after the release of its 1992 album, “Dirt.”

He appeared on the third season of the VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.”

-- CNN

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Does that show help anyone lead a sober life?

I sit here in not so much disbeilieve, but in wonderment.

See, I knew Michael before all this. Such a spirit. Kind, energetic, passionate, and with an intoxicating charm that said," come on."

Always the musician, and others knew better, but I seen it full circle. Before the big gig that sent them on their way, to what i gues most journalist would consider a chanc ein a life time interview to talk about hi scareer and the crazyiness of life n the fame here after.

Never did ask about the broken hand in traction, but figured the ailments had their price.

Now I hear, as I listen to AIC, ... Rooster...

So the thing is, me and my son were listening to Mother Love bone, that whole scene, and i almost mentioned knowing Mr Starr... and thinking about him... was it all you in the eitherfere?

Anyhow, Michael, Ibless you the best i can. And hope to wish that we are all stars... shining brightly as someones sun. Bless you son. To the family, my deepest sympathy.

I didn't know Mike but he seemed like a genuinely nice person (when "there") who, it seems, took a wrong turn and couldn't beat his serious addiction. It, tragically, happens in life. We're all human and make mistakes so I don't condemn him. The music world mourns your passing. My condolences to his family. R.I.P. Mike Starr

So sad. The music he made with Alice in Chains was amazing and it’s too bad he (and Layne) couldn’t conquer the demons. RIP.

Rest in peace

I am so sad to hear the news...God Bless his family and all who will die from drugs......what a loss 4 us. I hope 2 meet u in heaven someday.....much love C

I watched Mike battle his demons and wondered if he would ever be able to defeat them. All we can do now is offer our sympathies to those who knew and loved him. If even one person uses the memory of his battle against addiction and is able to defeat it in his/her own life, Mike's death will not have been in vain.

Mike was a extremely talented bassist for the rock group, Alice in chains. His addiction killed him,like it does with so many rock musicians. I saw Mike on Sober house (VH1) with Dr. Drew and thought he would pull though with his addiction. Dr. Drew was a big help to Mike. RIP MIKE!!

So Sad! RIP

RIP Mike.. with all of the recent jokes about "tigers blood" and "winning", lets not forget drugs kills.

What a shame he couldn't conquer his problems.

Dirt is such an amazing album.

Rest in Peace

Bury me softly in this womb
I give this part of me for you
Sand rains down and here I sit
Holding rare flowers
In a bloom

Down in a hole and I dont know if I can be saved
See my heart I decorate it like a grave
You dont understand who they
Thought I was supposed to be
Look at me now a man
Who wont let himself be

Down in a hole, feelin so small
Down in a hole, losin my soul
I'd like to fly,
But my wings have been so denied

If you are over 40, give up the drugs or else...

Perhaps the Warlock SHEEN will take note - or perhaps Sheen's family will get him locked up.

Mike Starr's death does not surprise me. Dr. Drew, on "Celebrity Rehab" warned Mike about his drug use and how it would kill him. Well, apparently it did. He was such an angry and difficult person on the show. I hope that now he will rest in peace.

Bury me softly in this womb ...

Tragic story here. So much for the glamour of "sex, drugs and rock 'n roll". The reality is that everyday drugs and alcohol kill otherwise productive people and ruin lives/families/careers...

I thought he had this beat. So sorry. It didn't seem he had very good 'suppport' around him tho, from what I saw on Dr Drew.
He needed more attention but was set loose. May he rest in the Arms of Our Lord and Savior.

I'm really sad about this. Rest in peace Mike Starr.

this is sad this band is amazing and they just lost their original bassist....still wanna know the cause of death



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