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Mike Starr

Born: 1966-04-04 - Died: 2011-03-08
Cause of Death:
Undisclosed (at this time)

Death Summary: Starr was found dead in his home near the Salt Lake City downtown area.

Who was Mike Starr : Mike Starr is an original member of the platinum selling band Alice in Chains. Though he would eventually break up with the band, he was a part of their best selling album.

In the mid-80's, Starr along with Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, started a band called Diamond Lie. They were met with renown in the Seattle music scene, and later on would change their name to Alice in Chains.

Their local success would eventually lead to a Columbia Records deal, which would follow with record sales and radio play. All fueled by the grunge movement of the early-mid 90's. Their first album, Facelift, saw a slow release, obtaining only 40,000 units sold with its first six months of release. Fortunately, MTV ran their music video for "Man in the Box" during their regular video rotation.

Their album Facelift was followed by the multi-platinum selling album, Dirt. Starr would break up with the band during the band's tour for Dirt. Originally, it was stated Starr didn't want to be a part of a strenuous tour schedule. Though he would later admit on the show Celebrity Rehab he was kicked out of the band for drug addiction.

A year after his departure from Alice in Chains, Starr joined a band called Sun Red Sun. They released a self-titled album, with two of the members previously being a part of Black Sabbath. The lead singer died from AIDs related complications, and the band broke up.

Starr was known for having a habitual drug problem, and it all came to a head when he appeared on the third season of the reality show, 'Celebrity Rehab'. The show documented Starr's addiction to heroin and the time he spent in a recovery center. The show aired in 2010, and he was reported to be clean. However, in February 2011, Starr was arrested for suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance.
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  1. Natalie Says:

    I hope you and Layne are playing music together again. You will be missed.

  2. ken Says:

    always the goods ones it seems like the best musicians are hooked on herioin say hi to layne

  3. Rose Jaimison Says:

    A great talented person in many ways…you will be missed by mamy..R.I.P…my friend

  4. Brenda Says:

    An amazing musician who will be missed by all. Thanks for the music, the memories and the laughs. R.I.P

  5. crystal Says:

    we will miss u. i saw u on rehab vh1 u made me stop.

  6. Victoria Says:

    I know that you are happy now because you are reunited with your best friend.RIP I will miss you.

  7. Dave Duff Says:

    RIP YOU”ll b missed im an addict who has stuggled with addiction and at 46 I am in treatment now, God bless u and Layne can make music again!!!!!

  8. Dave Duff Says:

    RIP God bless from a Seattlite Dave Duff

  9. Michael Shyra Says:

    In a better place, with Layne. Save a spot for me too buddy! RIP

  10. trev heath Says:

    rust in piece!! lv AIC

  11. Theresa Says:

    You will be missed RIP

  12. Terri Fredrick Says:

    Mike you will be deeply missed. Rest in Peace.

  13. Velma Bruchmiller Says:

    He was a great musician, so sad that drugs can mess up a person with talent,such a waste. RIP MIKE STARR, MAY GOD BE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS ALWAYS.

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  15. Jodi Ott Says:

    Your music will be greatly missed..I grew up rockin’ to Alice in Chains..you were a musical icon and will never be forgotten!!!

  16. GLEN bRUCE Says:

    A huge loss for music .R.I.P. bro.You will be missed.

  17. Tanya Says:

    Rest in paradise <3

  18. Jesse Says:

    RIP Mike Starr

  19. Kelly V Says:

    RIP I loved your music and I hope that you are at peace. It was so hard for you to find peace in this life and you fell victim to this cold unforgiving world of drugs that never brought peace. I know that you were a good person and I hope you have peace now. I pray for you and your family and wish them peace also. God Bless

  20. Miah Says:

    Mike, why did it have to come to this? God, I dreaded this news, but I saw it comming. Wish it had been different, I was really praying for your soul.

  21. Mariesa Huthwaite Says:

    R.I.P Mike,you will be missed.

  22. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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