Mike Starr Biography

Mike Starr Profile/Biography

Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr (born April 4, 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii), is an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, with whom he served from their formation in 1987 to 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.

Mike Starr Death

On March 8, 2011, at 1:42PM, police found Mike Starr dead at his home in Salt Lake City. Reports later surfaced that Starr's roommate had seen him mixing Methadone and anxiety medication hours before he was found dead. A private memorial was held for Starr at Experience Music Project in Seattle on March 20, 2011. There were roughly 400 people in attendance, including former bandmates Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney.

With Alice in Chains

* We Die Young (1990)
* Facelift (1990)
* Sap (1992)
* Dirt (1992)
* Music Bank (1999)
* Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (1999)
* Live (2000)
* Greatest Hits (2001)
* The Essential Alice in Chains (2006)

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