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SapperSaint 03-10-2011 07:54 AM

R.I.P. Mike Starr
If anyone else needed to know how bad drugs are....another musician is in the ground because of them.

Mike Starr was the bass player for Alice in Chains. Read link below for whole story.

On March 8, 2011, Starr was found dead in Salt Lake City . Police told Reuters they were called to Starr's Salt Lake City home at 1:42PM where the musician's body was found; Starr was 44.

Obituary: Mike Starr dies at 44; former Alice in Chains bass player -

Halo 03-10-2011 07:56 AM

Ex-Alice in Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dead at 44
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who played on the band's first two influential albums and was one of the last people to see singer Layne Staley alive, has been found dead in a Salt Lake City, Utah home, TMZ reports. Starr, who was 44, was arrested earlier this month in Salt Lake City and found to be in possession of six Xanax pills and six Opana painkillers. According to a police report, Starr asked an officer if he'd heard of Alice in Chains, and said he was in Utah with a friend to put together a new band. "It's a terrible shock and tragedy," the rocker's father told the website today.

Starr played on the Seattle band's 1990 album Facelift and cowrote "It Ain't Like That" and "Confusion." He also performed on 1992's Sap EP and Dirt LP, which featured the band's breakout tracks "Down in a Hole," "Rooster," and "Would?" which also appeared on the soundtrack to the film Singles (the band also briefly performed onstage in the movie, too). Starr exited the band in 1993 and later admitted he'd been booted because his drug problem was out of control.

The musician, who appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab and Sober House in 2010, displayed erratic behavior while battling a vicious heroin addiction on TV. He wore headphones most of the time, and said, "My singer dies, and the only way I can hear him is through this... It takes me back to when Layne was alive." In a pivotal episode of Rehab, Starr spoke with Staley's mother and apologized for not doing more to help her drug-addled son. "I wish I would have called 911, he told me if I did, he'd never talk to me again," Starr said. "I was too high. I got mad at him, I said, 'I'll just leave' and his last words were 'not like this.' And I just left. I can't believe that. I'm so ashamed." Staley was found dead of a lethal mix of heroin and cocaine in his Seattle apartment in 2002.

When Starr first appeared on Rehab, his onetime bandmate Jerry Cantrell criticized the show for sensationalizing drug recovery: "[Mike is] a friend of ours, and we wish him the best. But that show's not really cool." Starr seemed to have kicked his dangerous addiction, and appeared on an episode of the following season's Rehab to demonstrate his progress. He was six months sober at the time of the taping.


Pete 03-10-2011 12:47 PM

Dont rush it bro Strat..
Pioneers in the grunge movement..R.I.P..

SapperSaint 03-10-2011 12:55 PM

I'm with Pete.

We don't need anymore B&G members leaving before it's their time. So don't get into a rush there, Strato. ;-)

D_it_up 03-10-2011 08:06 PM

I hate to even admit that I got sucked into watching a reality television program, because I loathe those things. However, I did catch several episodes of that celebrity rehab show mainly because of Mike Starr. I am a huge fan of Alice In Chains and it saddened me to hear the conversation he had with Layne Staley's mother. He never fully got over his death and harbored a lot of guilt because he feels like he could have been a better friend to him. He felt somewhat responsible that Layne died. The bass guitar isn't going to sound quite the same whenever I hear him in any AIC song.

I know this wasn't him playing on this song, but it's probably my favorite by AIC. This is in Mike's (and Layne's) memory:

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