Mike Starr, dead at 44
In sad news, reports are coming in that former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found in dead in a Salt Lake City, Utah home around 1:42pm Tuesday afternoon. Apart from being a co-founding member of Alice in Chains, in 2009 Starr was on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab.”
Starr’s dad tells TMZ, “It’s a terrible shock and a tragedy.”
The police haven’t released a statement or referenced the cause of death, but it was an addiction to heroin that Starr publicly battled on ‘Celebrity Rehab.’ Just last month he was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance in Salt Lake City where cops state he was illegally in possession of 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills.
Born April 4, 1966, in Honolulu, Starr began his rise to fame in the midst of the Seattle grunge scene. He played bass for Diamond Lie, who later changed their name to Alice in Chains. Llike Pearl Jam, Nirvana, and Soundgarden, Alice in Chains were pioneers, so to speak, of the grunge scene.
Sadly Starr is not the first member of Alice in Chains to struggle with substance abuse. Former singer Layne Staley passed away in 2002 after an overdose of heroine and cocaine (“speedball”).
Mike Starr was only 44 years old. My thoughts go out to his family. In his honor, I’ll be digging out my Singles soundtrack and listening to a few of my Alice in Chains favorites, like “No Excuses” which you can listen to HERE.