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Mike Starr -- Mixing Drugs Hours Before Death

3/9/2011 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr was "mixing" methadone and anxiety medication hours before he died ... this according to Mike's roommate. 

Mike Starr Drugs

The roommate tells TMZ ... Mike had been using methadone recently in an effort to get sober -- but he had also been taking medication to battle anxiety issues he had been suffering from since his arrest last month.

We're told Mike was doing a pretty good job managing his medication -- but according to Mike's roommate, Starr was "mixing" the meds Monday night .. just hours before he died. 

Law enforcement sources tell us Mike's official cause of death has yet to be determined.

Starr's roommate added, "Mike was a beautiful person who was fighting to stay sober ... I am going to miss him greatly."

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Carl    

Thank you for referring to him as the bass player for Alice in Chains instead of "Celebrity Rehab Rocker" like you did yesterday. Being a member of one of the biggest rock bands of the 90s is a much bigger and better accomplishment than being on Celebrity Rehab.

1232 days ago
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Tammy    

"Mike was a beautiful person who was fighting to stay sober ... I am going to miss him greatly."

That pretty much says it all.

1232 days ago
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..EW..    

So is still Dr. Drew's fault that Mike was mixing pills???

Poor guy. RIP!

1232 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

Methadone is a very well known drug to help heroin addicts stay clean, although it is usually dispensed at a medical clinic or Doctors office. Whatever the cause of your death, you have a lot of friends and associates who miss you.

Rest in Peace old friend.

1232 days ago
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thestones    

We're told Mike was doing a pretty good job managing his medication -- but according to Mike's roommate, Starr was "mixing" the meds Monday night .. just hours before he died.

APPARENTLY NOT GOOD ENOUGH another one bites the dust

1232 days ago
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queen love    

It's ironic that opiates are the first thing they give you when you go to the hospital for pain. Trying to withdraw is the catch...somehow if they could figure out that part.

1232 days ago
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me    

He was a beautiful, gentle person and he will be greatly missed. God Bless his family and friends. At least his suffering is over and he's in heaven with Layne.

1232 days ago
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Phreaky    

So sad, and I second what Carl said above.

1232 days ago
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aquanet    

He was still trying to be sober. That's the saddest part of all. He was trying, so there was still hope. sad

1232 days ago
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anony    

I'm not putting him down but the guy just could not face the fact that he wasn't a big rock star anymore.

1232 days ago
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Meeen2    

We in the metal subculture lost another brother today. My heart is heavy. Please light a candle for Mike on this day. It will lead his soul from the dark place he's been to the light, where he needs to go. We love you Mike.....even if you had a hard time loving yourself.

1232 days ago
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D    

Al in Chains, still one of my all-time favorites. Sorry for his family and friends.

1232 days ago
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dd    

Yea I thought heroin addicts had to go get their methadone daily not self administer.

1232 days ago
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Jay    

This is sad, he clearly had serious issues. RIP Mike.

1232 days ago
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Pete    

"Biggest rock band of the 90's". You are really stretching it there. I never even heard of the guy until Celebrity Rehab and as I am sure that others haven't either. I have no pity or sorry for idiots that overdose on drugs because they can't handle life as it is!

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