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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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121.

Jim    

R.I.P

1240 days ago
122.

RonBurgundy    

His dad says they are shocked?

I'd be less shocked if ZsaZsa Gabor showed up at my house challenging me to a footrace.

1240 days ago
123.

disinter    

He REFUSED to live. Sorry but I can't shed a tear for someone that seeked death at every turn.

1240 days ago
124.

Nick    

These people struggling with addiction need TEEN CHALLENGE.
They take anyone from 18 y/o to 55 y/o. This is a 1 year inpatient recovery center nationwide. Look into it for your loved one if they have a problem.

1240 days ago
125.

Charlie Winner    

THE CHARLIE SHEEN SOBER VALLEY LODGE, LIVE IT, LEARN IT, DO IT, WINNING!

1240 days ago
126.

Lisa    

Oh noooooooo....that's soooooo sad! After watching him on Celebrity Rehab I was really pulling for him. Poor guy.

RIP Mike Starr

1240 days ago
127.

Truby    

I really hoped he would make it. Oh well..it is what it is...may others learn and stick with some kind of program. RIP and my thoughts and prayers are with his family.

1240 days ago
128.

viewer    

that is so sad. I was hoping he could kick his addiction. RIP Mike.

1240 days ago
129.

peoplearesilly    

Rehab is too short and too expensive to help anyone. All these people go to rehab, get out and repeat. It is not working, yet rehab places make millions every year.

Does anyone really think (Sheen -- are you out there) that a couple weeks in rehab will fix you (or in Sheens' case, in home rehab -- yeah that's working real well isn't it?) It takes years to get to where you need rehab. Why institutions think they can fix it in a short time is nonsense. Anyone who pays thousands to go to those places is stupid.

REHAB FACILITIES: Suck up the money now. Soon the world will realize your programs DO NOT WORK and your doors will be closed.

1240 days ago
130.

shesays    

I got his autograph when he was in jail in Houston. I guess it went up in value. Not parting with it though.

1240 days ago
131.

Lisa    

137.
a few posters have said he got high with his dad.

this dad???

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

Posted at 4:08 PM on Mar 8, 2011 by HarlotO'Hara
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It's true Harlot. Saw him on Celebrity Rehab and he said he got high with his dad a lot. I can't remember if it had been past behavior or if it was still happening. Either way - Mike and his dad did do drugs together.

1240 days ago
132.

sokun    

Shocking http://www.abidings.com

1240 days ago
133.

Sonja    

Nick (Ernie??) any program that is 'inpatient' for a year stands a good chance of success verses any of the 30-90 day programs. But the fact that it is a crazy religious cult like compound is just plain scary.

1240 days ago
134.

kinm    

Sad ... clearly Celebrity Rehab doesn't work, another scripted reality show that indirectly funded has-been celebrities' urge to do whatever they have to do for as long as they could.

1240 days ago
135.

hahahha    

People keep saying the go in 3's. What celebrity died? Oh this drug addict who was barely part of a band and got exploited by dr drew and his 30 day "rehab." Do any of you people who fall in love with these "celebrities" on that show actually think they'd even be there if not for getting paid?

1240 days ago
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