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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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I'm bummed, seemed like this guy really wanted to get fixed.

1327 days ago


By looking at these posting too many of you watch that stupid show celebrity rehab. Get a f-en life people!

1327 days ago


I wonder why someone bailed him out of jail this last time.

I also think this was suicide.

1327 days ago

Charlie Winner    

I heard he died of an overdose of a drug called "Charlie Sheeeen!! Winning!

1327 days ago


"By looking at these posting too many of you watch that stupid show celebrity rehab. Get a f-en life people! " ..Says Scott on the TMZ boards after reading everyone's comments! LOL

1327 days ago


That is so sad. It looks like he lead a sad life too, poor guy. Imagine the only thing that you can say that you did in your life was be a bassist in a band years ago. Very very sad, I feel for the poor guy.

1327 days ago


Who is this guy? Never heard of him.

1327 days ago


Hey Derek - F#$# you. Completely innapropriate you pretentious self important prick.

1327 days ago

mikes friend    

its too bad his FATHER is the one that got him into drugs when he was 12
im sorry for Ms Starr and Melinda!

1327 days ago


How sad, but I have to agree... at this point anyone asking dr. drew for help should save their dignity and money and just ask the shutterbugs, you got a better chance at survival, and sobriety.

1327 days ago


it's so sad, he tried to stay clean. RIP mike and rock on.

1327 days ago


Why are so many people blaming Dr. Drew? Most of these celebrities have been to other rehabs before join the Celebrity Rehab. You can stop if you want to! Sometimes you might need help, but is up to you. Nobody can change you, but yourself. Mike was a heroin addict! That's terrible. And on the top of that, he had too many issues... It's sad that everything ended up this way.

1327 days ago


if anything dr. drew gave this guy another shot at life, by allowing him free treatment as well as exposure...starr got to meet and jam with his childhood hero from kiss thanks to the show...the series also gives insight into what addiction looks like and does to your life, good lesson for anyone who is young to see the outcome of consistent using...addiction is a mental illness...many people experiment and can walk away because they are just curious, and it goes against nature to wish to do harm to yourself...healthy minds don't go there, but someone with mental issues seek out escape and often it starts in their youth and they never mature beyond that point ---the addict is his/her own worst enemy and it is up to the addict to get healthy in the mind, it can be done, however rehab and doctors merely give you the must use the right tools if you wish to build anything, merely sitting on the tool chest and complaining the tools don't work, is hardly the fault of anyone else....starr was a grown man and he made a choice, he was clean at one point and had people he could reach out to thanks to the show, but he he didn't...lesson to the kiddies, nothing good can come from this type of lifestyle, it never does.

1327 days ago


Alice in Chains were iconic for me...truly a part of my adolescence. Losing Layne destroyed part of my musical generation. I had high hopes and much faith for Mike and was very proud of the fight he put up.

Am so saddened, in the end, he did not win. I hope you've found peace Mike. I know your spirit was tortured far too long. Your music lives on, my friend.

1327 days ago


Very sad story.

1327 days ago
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