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'Celeb Rehab' Rocker Mike Starr Dead

3/8/2011 7:58 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died in Utah ... TMZ has learned.

Mike Starr Dead

Starr appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab" back in 2009 -- and was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops say he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.

Starr was 44 years old.

Mike's dad tells TMZ, "It's a terrible shock and tragedy."

UPDATE: Police tell us Starr's body was found in a Salt Lake City home today. Cops say they were called to the house at 1:42PM.

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Charlie Winner    

NOt Winning...

1303 days ago
2.

ama    

That's too bad, I saw him on Celebrity Rehab and he didn't want to turn out like his band mate and I guess he did.

1303 days ago
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Kiko    

I knew Mike (and Layne, too) back in the day. Very sad.

1303 days ago
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sloppy seconds    

made it 2 years farther than elvis did. rip.

1303 days ago
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Grandma Cracker    

NO! Rest in peace my old friend.....

1303 days ago
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Angel    

DRUGS KILL, WE ALL KNEW THIS WAS COMING. MIKE WANTED THIS TO HAPPEN. HE TOLD US OVER AND OVER. HE NEVER WANTED TO LIVE ANYMORE AS HE HAD TOO MUCH GUILT AND NEVER WORKED THROUGH IT.


RIP, CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY.

1303 days ago
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jon ludmer    

Sad news, not familiar with alice in chains but watched him on rehab." He was stubborn. charlie love you. this is a sign. to you. dont be stubborn. jon

1303 days ago
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tracker    

I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR THIS.I WATCHED HIM ON THE SHOW.AND HOPED HE WOULD MAKE IT..R.I.P ARE YOU LISTENNING CHARLIE ?

1303 days ago
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PhilipMarkum    

*** I WONDER HOW DR. "EXPLOITER" DREW FEELS WHEN THE MAJORITY OF HIS SO-CALLED PATIENTS DIE AFTER A STINT WITH HIS SO-CALLED REHAB FACILITY THAT AS OF TODAY STILL DOES NOT HAVE RUNNING HOT WATER. SHAME ON DR. DREW AND HOW HE EXPLOITS PEOPLE - JANICE ****INSON WHO JUST FINISHED HIS SHOW WAS OUT PARTYING THE OTHER NIGHT THE SAME AS USUAL - HE SHOULD STOP THE SHAM REHAB FACILITY AND LET PROFESSIONALS DO THE WORK. ***

1303 days ago
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Charlie Winner    

He and Lane get to jam and do smack in the after life, winning?

1303 days ago
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Ronda    

so sad that is way too young

1303 days ago
12.

Liz    

Celebrity deaths and airplane crashes happen in THREES. Wonder who the other two will be? If I were a betting girl ....

1303 days ago
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Ashley    

So sad! May he RIP :(

1303 days ago
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queen love    

OMG...He was in so much pain, now he can be at peace.

If you have a true addiction, don't go to a t.v. rehab, go get professional help for real.

1303 days ago
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NobodySpecial    

More proof that "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr Douchebag Pinsky is a waste of time.

1303 days ago
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