Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011) was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, with whom he played from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.
Former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead this morning in his Salt Lake City home. The 44-year-old entertainer appeared on Season 3 of Celebrity Rehab and Sober House in 2009 for treatment of heroin addiction.
Starr was arrested on February 18, 2011 when police found him in possession of six Opana pills and six Xanax tablets.
The rocker left Alice In Chains back in 1993 and has struggled with drug dependency for years. He told Dr. Drew that he signed on to do Celebrity Rehab because of the death of fellow band member Layne Staley ,who overdosed in 2002 at the age of 34.
Dr. Drew said after Starr’s recent arrest: “Mike Starr’s addiction is so profound that I always have to be prepared to expect anything.”
A cause of death has not yet been determined, though an overdose is suspected. Toxicology findings will not be released for 5-6 weeks.
Mike’s father told TMZ, “It’s a terrible shock and tragedy.”
Check out the video discussion between Mike and Dr. Drew below: