Former Alice In Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dead After Battle With Drugs– So Sad

Wed, March 9, 2011 10:56am EDT by 4 Comments
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Dr. Drew says the ‘Celebrity Rehab’ patient ‘succumb[ed] to his illness.’

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead in Utah on March 8, TMZ reports.

The 44-year-old attempted to get clean in 2009 on Celebrity Rehab, but was arrested in February for possession of prescription pills.

Mike was reportedly kicked out of the seminal grunge band in 1993 because of his substance abuse. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney released a statement about Mike’s death on March 8, saying, “Jerry and Sean are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy — and the privacy of Mike’s family — during this difficult time. Their thoughts & prayers are with the Starr family.”

Celebrity Rehab personality Dr. Drew Pinsky took to Twitter to say, “Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family.”

Mike’s father tells TMZ, “It’s a terrible shock and tragedy.”

— William Earl