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Posted at 7:50 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

Mike Starr of Alice in Chains and 'Celebrity Rehab' is dead at the age of 44

By Jen Chaney

Mike Starr, former bassist for the band Alice in Chains and one of the famous patients on "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew," has died.

The Associated Press reports that the body of Starr, 44, was discovered Tuesday in his Salt Lake City home. The cause of death has not been determined.

Starr appeared on the third season of VH-1's "Celebrity Rehab" in an attempt to overcome a drug addiction. For several months, he appeared to have become sober but last month he was arrested in Salt Lake City for possession of a controlled substance.

Pinsky, among many others, expressed condolences on Twitter, writing: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. Our prayers are with his family."

Layne Staley, one-time frontman for Alice in Chains, died of a severe drug addiction in 2002. Starr expressed regret in interviews (including the one in the clip above) that he was unable to save Staley's life.

By Jen Chaney  | March 9, 2011; 7:50 AM ET
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Comments

Dr. Drew works wonders, doesn't he??

Posted by: rpcv84 | March 9, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

It's a wonder that quack hasn't been sent packing.

Posted by: dlhazer | March 9, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Celebrity Rehab: Last Stop Before Forest Lawn

Posted by: kbockl | March 9, 2011 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Say hello to Charlie Sheen; you'll be seeing him soon. "Winning!"

Posted by: CubsFan | March 9, 2011 9:35 AM | Report abuse

I've never heard of Mike Starr or Alice in Chains. But just on general principles I'm saddened that addiction has claimed another life.

You stupid effing Richard-Heads don't realize that addiction is a potentially terminal illness, from which not all patients can be cured, although it's wonderful whenever someone can be.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 9, 2011 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Nosy_Parker, gotta ask what's a Richard-Head?

Posted by: BFD654 | March 9, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Nosy-Parker, Never mind and I agree.

Posted by: BFD654 | March 9, 2011 10:35 AM | Report abuse

All any doc can do is give them the tools & skills to move on in their lives & it's up to the individual as to whether or not they use those tools & skills to make the right choices.

Mike was pretty severe in his addiction & if you'd watched the show you'd have seen it in action. He was still detoxing after the end of the show, which is 4-6 weeks though I'm not positive.

I hope it wasn't an OD of any kind, but when a former addict with an addiction as severe as his was, I'd guess that was the case.

Such a shame too. When he showed up as an alum on last years show he seemed good.

Posted by: wadejg | March 9, 2011 11:02 AM | Report abuse

BFD654, I knew you could figure it out, you smarty :-)))

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 9, 2011 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Never saw the show, nor heard of the guy, but second wadejg's astute observations re the nature of addiction.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | March 9, 2011 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Alice in Chains was a band.

Posted by: ronjaboy | March 9, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Alice In Chains IS a band. They're still around recording & touring with a different lineup obviously.

http://aliceinchains.com/#

I just realized he's about my age & that always makes me a little queasy regardless of the manner of death. :-p

Posted by: wadejg | March 9, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Further proof that being on Celebrity Rehab may be a good gig but Dr. Drew isn't a magician. His track record is probably about the same as anyone else's. Addicts who are in enough pain that they're willing to change their lives tend to recover. Those who continue to believe they can figure it out tend to die. Dr. Drew can't do anything about that.

Posted by: ikeaboy | March 9, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

dr drew is not efective.he gets paid no matter what happens.he and his "staff" begs, conjoles and pleads with the adicts to stay. i've seen them accept behaviors that should never be a part of a recovery program.if the patient is not ready the professionals should NOT coerce them to continue, not for their recovery but because they want the show to go on.strains of charle sheen and cbs and warner bros.the bottom line is all that matters.advice to dr.drew if the addict is not ready you can't pay them enough to get them straight.

Posted by: ninnafaye | March 9, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

ninnafay--its pretty obvious that your only familiarity with therapy is by watching a reality show. Sad. The fact that you say he gets paid no matter what is a non-point. ALL doctors get paid no matter what happens. I highly doubt that you have ever been in any recovery nor seen how recovery works because you would know that there isn't any one blanket way to help people get better and the success rate isn't a high one. I'm sure you will reply that you are a survivor or in recovery or your best friend's mom had a problem, but it won't be believed if that were true you wouldn't have said anything in the first place. Think before you act....think twice before you speak

Posted by: st74 | March 9, 2011 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'd actually flip that.

Think before you speak, think twice before you act.

Posted by: gconrads | March 9, 2011 2:14 PM | Report abuse

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