Mike Starr was the original bassist for Alice in Chains. He was a member of Alice in Chains from it’s formation in 1987 until 1993 when he left the band while touring behind the album “Dirt“.
At the time of his departure in February of 1993, Layne Staley said 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 who appeared on a season of Celebrity Rehab later said that he was kicked out of the band due to his drug addiction.
On March 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm, Mike Starr was found dead in this Salt Lake City house due to drug overdose. His roommate stated that Starr apparently died of a lethal mixture of methadone and anxiety medication.
1986 S. Richard Street Salt Lake City, UT 84115
Starr was arrested three weeks earlier in Salt Lake City on February 17, 2011 during a routine traffic stop. Officers found he was illegally in possession of prescription medication, including the painkiller Opana, also known as oxymorphone, and alprazalam pills, used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
Here is his mugshot from that arrest.
Mike actually left the band in February of 1993 not 1994