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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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AJLING How did this become about Dr. Drew instead of Mike Starr dying. AJLING get a life!

1287 days ago


He was a kick ass bass player. It's a sad time for his family and friends, please be respectful. RIP Mike!!!

1286 days ago


Drugs,especially illegal ones are totally dangerous when mixed.We can't have any more celebs doin' this ****.Get help from the pros.

1286 days ago


who cares. waste of air.

1283 days ago


I am very sad to hear this. Mike had so much potential if he had someone close to him to advise him instead of exploit him like the Vultures that they are. He could have started a guitar camp for at risk teens that are on the edge. He could have made a difference in hundreds and perhaps thousands of teens who are in the same spot that he is was in. He could of made a huge impact if he had the right guidance. The name Mike Starr could have went down in history as a hero to the young but instead he will be remembered as taken too young. Every youth in this nation needs a positive role model and I hope that this comment will at least encourage one person to make a difference.

1282 days ago


This is so sad first Layne now Mike may they rest in peace. Alice in Chains are the best band and people should really listen to their music its the ****.

1277 days ago


I lived in Seattle and sold Xanax, Klonopin & Methadone pills up by the Methadone clinics where Mike Starr hung out. He was one of my best customers and he was a cheap prick. Nut if you caught him withdrawing of Methadone and Benzos I would run. He is a different person withdrawing. On celebrity rehab he bought enough Xanax bars abd Methadone pills to last 6 months. He wasn't withdrawing on the show. He would have been in absolute hell.

1271 days ago


you shouldn't refer to him as "celeb rehab rocker" for crying out loud! he was a great artist. this is a tragedy and those dumb ass charlie sheen-winning jokes are so old and done

1266 days ago


@sfdgfhd - stop hawking your s**t on this site loser.

1239 days ago


Soo sad :(

1236 days ago


I heard at the end on Nightline tonight that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Schreiver have split up after 25 years of marriage.
What a surprise?

1232 days ago


i just wanna know somehing ajlind, dr.phil NOT a doctor dr. oz NOT a real doctor, doctor drew a REAL doctor so i would research befor you badmouth someone. it is a real freaking rehab fecility so yeah.

1202 days ago

Shannon Macri    

Drugs are going to take over our society in about 5 years. The media claims it's getting better but we all know drug abuse is only getting worse. Mike was a great bassist. So sad. Dr. Drew has never made a difference with his celebs. I wonder what his success rate has been during his whole career.

1184 days ago


What is wrong with you some of you people and the negative comments? A young tortured soul died and alls you can d it criticize Dr. Drew. Haters... what are you doing to help these people? ...... yeah that is what I thought.

1182 days ago

Jody Siciliano    

Today is the 4th of July and I just found out about Mike Starr. I am so sad and shocked. I thought Mike was going to beat this thing. I would like to encourage all of the people who have been on "Celerbrity Rehab" you can do it just take one day at a time and find a support group and new friends to hang out with who don't dreink or do any type of drugs or alcohol. May God help you all. May God be with Mike Starr's family during this time of great loss.Your are in my prayers. Everyone needs to quit blaming Dr. Drew for everbody's outcome they need to be held accountable for their actions after all they are adults. He gives you the tools now you have to apply them or they wont work.From Jody Siciliano from Washington.

1176 days ago
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