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In Remembrance of Mike Starr

4 April, 1966 ~ 8 March, 2011
Honolulu, HI, United States

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" Memorial Tribute to Mike Starr "


Mike Starr (musician)

Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr (April 4, 1966 March 8, 2011) was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, who he played with from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993.


In the mid 1980s Jerry Cantrell began a band called Diamond Lie which included drummer Sean Kinney and Starr on bass. Cantrell's roommate, singer Layne Staley, also agreed to join while having Cantrell join his funk project which ended shortly thereafter.

Diamond Lie gained attention in the Seattle area and eventually took the name of Alice in Chains. The band was later signed to a record deal with Columbia Records and enjoyed extensive success via record sales and radio play in the grunge rock movement of the early 1990s. Starr was with the group for the Facelift and Dirt albums and the Sap EP. He was most often seen playing several variations of a Spector NS-2 bass guitar through an Ampeg SVT all-tube head and Ampeg 8x10" speaker cabinets.
Starr departed the group while it was touring behind the album Dirt.

According to former singer Layne Staley, in a Rolling Stone article from February 1994, Starr's departure from Alice in Chains stemmed from "just a difference in priorities. We wanted to continue intense touring and press, Mike was ready to go home." Starr, however, mentioned on an episode of Celebrity Rehab that he was kicked out of the band due to his budding drug addiction - an amazing acheivement, given the amount of drug use in the band. The unreleased track "Misery, Crack Pipes, and Gothic Main Lines" from this time frame makes allusion to Starr's use.

Starr later played bass for the band Sun Red Sun, which featured Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of Black Sabbath. The project was cut short by Gillen's death in 1993.

Personal life

Starr was later featured in the third season of the VH1 reality television series Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew in 2010, which documented his treatment for heroin addiction beginning in August 2009 at the Pasadena Recovery Center. His subsequent stint staying in a sober living environment was then documented on the spinoff Sober House.

He and fellow recovering addicts Mackenzie Phillips and Tom Sizemore appeared in the eighth episode of Celebrity Rehab's fourth season to provide testimonials about their recovery to that season's patients. During this appearance, Starr marked six months and seven days of sobriety.

Both Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney criticized the show Celebrity Rehab, calling it "disgusting". However, they stopped short of criticizing their former bandmate and expressed hope that Starr would turn his life around. Kinney also thanked Starr along with all other members of Alice In Chains both past and present within the liner notes of Alice in Chains' Black Gives Way to Blue album.

"I totally back Mike and I back his efforts to get clean and remain somebody that I and the band really care about hes a friend of ours, you know, and we wish him the best." ~ Jerry Cantrell

"So I don't support that show at all and I think it's pretty disgusting. But Mike getting his life together or anybody doing that, I'll support that." ~ Sean Kinney
On February 18, 2011, Starr was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance (six pills of Oxymorphone, and six pills of Alprazolam) in Salt Lake City, Utah.


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.

Reports later surfaced that Starr's roommate had seen him mixing Methadone and anxiety medication hours before he was found dead.


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Memory by Isi   Jun 27, 2017
beatiful soul, gorgeous man, rest in peace i hope see u in the other life

Memory by Chris Pepitone   Apr 23, 2017
Mike, you are a beautiful person. You went through alot and I know you are an Angel in Heaven. Thank you for your hard work. You mean alot to me even though I never met you. Your music has always been with me. God rest your soul. You are missed so much. PEACE be with you. See you on the other side

Memory by sister anne   Apr 6, 2017
i remember so many great things about Mike Starr. he was an amazingly sweet guy. Also he was hilarious! one of the funniest people i've ever met. i will aLways smile & feel lucky to have known such a person, whenever i think of Mike

Memory by Rememberer   Mar 19, 2016
I will never forget the unique, brave, strong & hilarious person you were. Any who had the good fortune to really know you were blessed, beyond lucky. A loyal & giving friend... you will always be remembered

Memory by Buda   Nov 26, 2015
Hot damn, loonkig pretty useful buddy.

Memory by sandra cantrell   Feb 7, 2014
save a spot for me I will find al my friends real soon love you to you were on days away from me coming to Salt Lake City You never gave me a number to get in tounch with you if I got there but at least I said I loved you and missed you a lot

Memory by Honeybee   May 11, 2012
I miss u and I remember our night of heavenly bliss you were so sweet to me and I'm so lucky to had touch you my heart is broken now you are gone I know we meet again and you me Payne Kurt Paul gray can teach the angels how to rock love you babe xxxsee you on the other side xxxx

Memory by Lisa   Apr 25, 2012
I wish we had met I liked you for many years rip gorgeuse and we meet one day on the other side xx

Memory by Elizabeth Saint   Feb 26, 2012
RIP Mike Starr. I got to see the vulnerbility of this tortured star on Celeb Rehab. What a beautiful soul. I wish that you were still here, the difference that you could've made in peoples lives with your true blue experience and heart would've been something else. The world has missed out on the help from an earth angel. God bless your dear mother.

Memory by Melissa Bell   Dec 5, 2011
I'm happy to know that you've finally found peace, but sad you couldn't find that here on Earth. We're naked without you. Love you much, ROCK ON!!!

Memory by shelley watson   Aug 27, 2011
Hi, I didn't know Mike except on celebrity rehab, I think that Dr. Drew and staff really did a great job working with Mike. Mike was sober for 7 months thanks to the help he got. I understand the demons we fight in that situation and they never go away. Mike did his best and touched alot of peoples hearts and some souls along the way as well. R.I.P. MIKE Shelley Watson

Memory by JC   May 24, 2011
I never got the pleasure of meeting Mike Starr, but I have been a Alice In Chains fan since I was about six years old. I'm now nineteen, and Alice In Chains remains a great outlet for me. I was heart broken to hear of Mike's death, especially after watching Celebrity Rehab (which I only watched to hope for and support Mike's journey). Even when Mike was having a hard time and was acting out, it was so clear to me to see that he was such a great man. His sturggles only make me able to relate to him even more. I had a rough childhood and I took to music very young, it was my only escape. The first song I ever heard by Alice In Chains was Rain When I die, and I fell in love! There's something so beautiful and dark in the music, and it really touches me on a deep level. I use to do drugs, sit in my room all messed up for days and play along to Alice In Chains, or just listen to album after album, I never got sick of it! I remember the day when I heard that Layne had passed away, and now years later Mike has joined him. I sincerly hope that both Mike and Layne are at peace now, Rock on brothers!!! It would be impossible for me to EVER forget either of you, Because the music you produced and the people you were, inspiried me to be myself, live my way, and rock the shit out of my bass gutair! Alice In Chains changed my life; Thank you for that. REST PEACEFULLY, we love you always! Xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox.

Memory by Anita   Apr 29, 2011
It is always sad and SOOO heart-breaking to see another fellow traveler stuggle and then not make it along the long road to recovery. Mike you were just a kid, and had so much to give, I'm sure may who loved you that did not know you are greiving, which those that did, will never quit get over your death. Rest in Peace Fellow Traveler

Memory by Patrica Campbell   Mar 13, 2011
Mike you will be so missed. I hope you know just how much you were loved. We all watched and prayed for your recovery. We never gave up on you! Ever! Now we pray for the healing of those left behind. Thank you for all that you did for so many suffering from addiction. One day we'll all gather together. Love you brother!

Memory by connie walker   Mar 13, 2011

Memory by Robin Mink   Mar 12, 2011
I love you Mike. I never gave up on you. Sometimes you have to take two steps back in order to get your footing again. We all knew that. Save a spot for me. I'll see you when I get there.

Memory by Kimberly Bennett   Mar 11, 2011
mike i think you said it best when you said you feel naked here without layne on earth. i am so sorry for your struggles. you are missed so desperately, i hope you know how much. i know you are at peace & with layne now. i will always remember you as the greatest bassist of the greatest band of all time!! rock on, my friend!

Memory by Richard Magnuson   Mar 11, 2011
Rest in peace Mike...i have been fighting the same disease for years. Had hoped he would make it. I felt like i knew him from watching his battles on tv. I know all to well all his sympotoms and temper from sickness. No more pain my brother.

Memory by ob   Mar 11, 2011
when tom sizemore nasty trap saying DONT SAY DOPESICK TO ME!!!! he was showing his ignorance n his assholesness, kicking smack is 3 to 5 daze, kicking 100mg of methadone can takes years!!!!! R.I.P. my brother mike!!! no more waiting to score where your at, no more lonliness no more junk sickness n lying/cheating yourself. smack will take it all, n than putrock into d picture???? DEATH! thanks d lord i stoppe d uppers years ago!!! u were a great bass player!!!

Memory by Ray S   Mar 10, 2011
AIC was never the same after Mike left and Layne knew it. They lost that magic. One of the greatest underrated rock bands of all time. Mike was such a good guy,so genuine and real. A very sad couple of days for me. You are the best Mike..

Memory by Shane   Mar 10, 2011
RIP're jamming with Layne again, just like you always should have been.

Memory by Neil   Mar 10, 2011

Memory by Simon   Mar 10, 2011
Mike Starr was a great guy and Alice in Chains is a great band.

Candles & Flowers

Posted by Chris Pepitone
Apr 23, 2017  

You will always be in my heart.

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Posted by Angel
Apr 10, 2013  

Great Peace Be With You Mike, and to all yournlovednones.

Posted by forever friend
May 8, 2012  

the times we spent together are the best times of my life. i will never forget you. r.ip. Michael Starr
you are the brightest starr in the sky

Posted by Laurie
Apr 14, 2012  

I can understand your struggle with addiction. Even though you stop the drug the body aches off and on for months and the anxiety is almost unbearable. Mike you tryed so hard and went so much to try to get clean. May you rest in Peace now.

Posted by Melissa Bell
Dec 5, 2011  

I love you.

Posted by Renee K
Nov 13, 2011  

Too long to be gone, and too short a time to be here. You are dearly missed. Rest in peace Mike.

Posted by shelley
Aug 27, 2011  

today I lite a candle in honor of you MIKE!

Posted by Pamela
Aug 6, 2011  

RIP Mike, Thanks for all the great music you made! May you be at peace with your best friend, I\\\'ll sure miss hearing you play, hearing your lyrics and your music which touched me so much. May you be up there with the rest of the rock gods Jim Morrison, Jimmi, Curt, may you all rest in peace and may I see your beautiful smile again.

Posted by jess
Jul 21, 2011  

Posted by christina
Jul 19, 2011  

mike starr so sorry you are not here anymore i did not find out untill the new celebreity rehab started i was devestated i loved watching you on there you were so real sorry to your loved ones i will miss you!! may you rest in paradise!!!! and drug free!!!

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Jul 15, 2011  


Posted by al
Jul 15, 2011  

rip mikey baby

Jul 6, 2011  

Rock On

Posted by Brenda
Jul 1, 2011  

Rest in peace, guy, you deserve to be at peace.

Jun 28, 2011  

Posted by Georgette Hastings
Jun 25, 2011  

Rest easy, sweet one. Reunited with your best friend, rock on.

Posted by Kimberley's Nutshell
Jun 23, 2011  

Mike, You are free now. May you rest in peace. I wish I could have helped your with your pain as I try to deal with my own.

Posted by jimmie k
Jun 9, 2011  

rip mike

Posted by Rebecca
Jun 2, 2011  

Peace be with you and those close to you forever more...from a "kindred spirit"

Posted by sherry
May 7, 2011  

Posted by Karen
May 2, 2011  

Mike, I did not get to meet you face to face but I felt like I knew you after watching you on rehab!! I struggled with addiction too and I can relate to wanting to quit but realized it was a trap or a prison with no release and no one could change that, we were stuck like that the addiction always came back. It consumes a person until you are a slave to it!! I was delivered from addiction through the healing power of Jesus Christ who died to save and heal the world of all addiction, disease, poverty and sickness forever and to give us a new life and I am living proof!! I wish I could have had you as my best friend cause I fell in love with the kind and loving person that you were and I loved your style of bass and you were very gifted!! I wish there was no such thing as death!! This is very hard to have to say you!!!

Posted by Judy
Apr 10, 2011  

Mike, now you are with Layne, and you are both free. This brings me peace. I pray for your families. we will all be together someday.

Posted by Cindy
Apr 9, 2011  

I am so sorry you were in so much pain, and know what that pain feels like. I only hope now that your suffering has ended. I also pray that your family can find peace.

Posted by Anita Roberts
Apr 2, 2011  

Oh Father, in Jesus' name, please have mercy on this young man's soul. I pray he and others lost find our way to you in life and death. Amen!

Posted by Cathy Martin
Apr 1, 2011  

I truly hope that u r at peace Mike. You seemed to be an amazing you can fly with the angels and may your guilt about Layne be at condolences to your family and may u remain forever young.

Posted by Melanie
Mar 23, 2011  

RIP Mike...we will always have your amazing music to remember you heart goes out to Mike\'s family & friends, hopefully this outpouring of love will bring some comfort to you.

Posted by Leah
Mar 17, 2011  

RIP mike you were such an inspiration and so loved the world will not be the same without you

Posted by Shelley
Mar 15, 2011  

Rest in Peace...

Posted by mortiR
Mar 15, 2011  

We will all miss you Mike Starr. You & Layne jammin' with the legends together again.

Posted by M&M
Mar 14, 2011  

Mike, you were such a talented, troubled, flawed and beautiful person. So proud of you for how hard you tried. I suspect you may have been with us longer had it not been for the void in your huge heart that was overflowing with guilt and grief. I pray you have found peace and light. We will never forget you.

Posted by Jarhead
Mar 14, 2011  

I always had hope on you. You inspired me to play bass. It's very sad and shocking that you're not here anymore. Rest in peace Mike Starr...

Posted by Nicole
Mar 13, 2011  

May your journey of healing finally be able to start - May God bless and keep you Mike - you are missed and always in our hearts.I hope your family and friends find strength and comfort in knowing your devils are free at last, and peace is yours forever.

Posted by TerryRose
Mar 13, 2011  

Mike,the evident pain through-out your soul was so very difficult to see while on "Dr.Drew",I've thought abt,&prayed for youe each&every day.Altho you leave so very many bereaved ppl behind;you're with Layne now-2 more Beautiful Angels in Heaven.Rest in the Peace,Happiness,&Gentle,loving hands of The Lord.We gift 2 candles,for you & Layne.God Bless You,your family,&your True friends,Mike.

Posted by TonkaDonk
Mar 13, 2011  

Mike - May God bless you. You touched and moved people deeply with your music, your relationships and even your struggles. Thank you for giving so much. May you experience the peace, serenity and freedom from pain that you searched for so desperately.

Posted by connie walker
Mar 13, 2011  

Rest in piece Mike you went through so much and tried so hard no more pain rest in piece rockstar you will always be remembered

Posted by Jackie
Mar 13, 2011  

Rest in peace to a wonderful musician, and beautiful person.

Posted by diana sweeney
Mar 12, 2011  

Hope you can feel all the love for you,you will be missed and your music, RIP

Posted by valerie
Mar 12, 2011  

I know that you are at peace now and no longer in pain. I wish that you didn't have to die to find peace. You are already sooo missed.You were an amazing musician. Make beautiful music in heaven. oxoxoxox

Posted by Heather Pruitt
Mar 12, 2011  

Heaven just got a little brighter..I will miss you..You were amazing and will never be forgotten..Thank you for everything. xxoo

Posted by Dawn M
Mar 11, 2011  

I will think of you everyday...I can\'t believe you are gone. Thank you for all you have done for me...

Posted by Aja H.
Mar 11, 2011  

Now you can make beautiful music with Layne again, rest in peace Mike

Posted by Murdock
Mar 11, 2011  

RIP Mike... I prayed for your sobriety... and now I pray that your soul is finally at peace. xoxoxo

Posted by Lola
Mar 11, 2011  

Hope you have found peace. The heavens have gained another one of their Angels. You'll be missed here on earth but never forgotten!!!!

Posted by Michelle H
Mar 11, 2011  

God Bless you......You will be dearly missed and never forgotten!!!!!!!!! XXoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoXX

Posted by Kris
Mar 11, 2011  

Mike, you will forever warm my heart as I watch footage of you rockin' out. You were the best bass player alive and gorgeous in so many ways. While we here on earth mourn your loss, I can't help by took solace in knowing you are now back with your best friend, Layne. Rock on guys! Your memory will always live on.

Posted by debra
Mar 11, 2011  

u will be missed and ur musical legacy lives on

Posted by Michelle
Mar 11, 2011  

RIP Mike. Hoping you have now finally found the peace you so struggled to know here on earth. Your legacy will live on.

Posted by Lexxa
Mar 11, 2011  

May you finally find peace from your suffering and reunite with your brother Layne to play with the angels. Your beautiful smile will be sorley missed Michael.

Posted by MiiSs KrySs
Mar 10, 2011  

Now you will be in peace, no more pain, no more suffering. I'll miss your smile

Posted by Cort
Mar 10, 2011  

Such a tragic loss. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.

Posted by EMG
Mar 10, 2011  

Thank you for your music, now you are truly at peace.

Posted by Cyn
Mar 10, 2011  

My heart is breaking...I am so sorry...I feel better knowing you are with Layne and your guilt is gone...rock on...

Posted by Darlyn
Mar 10, 2011  

RIP. You touched our hearts, we hoped you could of beat your addiction

Posted by John O.
Mar 10, 2011  

RIP Mike!!

Posted by Jenny Fonseca
Mar 10, 2011  

Your talent, your legacy, your beauty will always be remembered. We love you. R.I.P

Posted by Kimberly B.
Mar 10, 2011  

Devastated that you have been taken from us but I know you are finally at peace. Thank you for all you have given us. Deepest sympathy to your beloved family. I miss you.

Posted by Lesley M.
Mar 10, 2011  

Will miss you Michael.. hope you are rockin in the sky my friend.. XOXOXO

Posted by Joni
Mar 10, 2011  

I was always hoping that you would pull it off Journey well, my friend.

Posted by Joni
Mar 10, 2011  

I was always hoping that you would pull if off

Posted by Dawn
Mar 10, 2011  

I truly beleave we are taken when it is our time and it was urs that does not mean u r not missed or loved any less but u are at peace that fight is over and u can have joy now

Posted by Susan
Mar 10, 2011  

Rest in peace, keep jamming! So heartbreak that a great talent is taken to soon. God Bless You

Posted by Paul
Mar 10, 2011  

Rest in peace man. So sad that you are gone.

Posted by Brandy
Mar 10, 2011  

I'm so sorry, you were hurting.....

Posted by aminah
Mar 10, 2011  

Rip Mike..

Posted by RENEE
Mar 10, 2011  


Posted by Creekndneyes
Mar 10, 2011  

Rest in the peace of the Lord. I am praying for your mom and your family.

Posted by Angie
Mar 10, 2011  

May you rest in peace Mike. You will never be forgotten.

Mar 10, 2011  

Posted by Mango
Mar 10, 2011  

RIP Mike