We hate being the bearer of bad news but another 90's rocker has died. Mike Starr, the original bassist of Alice in Chains, was found dead yesterday, March 8, 2011, in his home in Salt Lake City. Starr was 44 years old.
Police were unable to determine a cause of death but it does not appear to have involved foul play. Mike Starr helped form Alice in Chains in 1987 and, according to Starr in VH1's "Celebrity Rehab", he was kicked out of the band in 1993 due to his heroin addiction. Starr was arrested and booked just barely a month ago on February 18, 2011 for possession of a controlled substance (he allegedly had six Xanax and six Opana tablets on him at the time).
The band left the following statement: “Members of Alice in Chains are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy – and the privacy of the Starr family – during this difficult time. Their thoughts & prayers are with the Starr family.”
We will bring you any updates as soon as we hear them.
RIP MIKE STARR
Dr. Drew Pinkski's Twitter: http://twitter.com/drdrew/status/45266839395250176
"Celebrity Rehab" (Season 3) patient intake clip: http://www.vh1.com/video/misc/469229/mike-is-a-polite-drug-addict.jhtml#id=1629219
Alice In Chains - We Die Young (1990):