Posts tagged Mike Starr

Dr. Drew Jumps Shark

Salon writer, Drew Grant, just posted an article called “Why it’s time to shut down ‘Celebrity Rehab'”, which I was hoping would be about The Obvious. It’s not, though…  He takes the position that, basically, it’s awesome, but Dr. Drew jumped the shark when he started bringing in frivolous people who suffer from Celebrity Narcissism (can someone please put a moratorium on this word?), just to boost his ratings. Now  the show is just all over the place and it makes no sense anymore, because the meaning of addiction is sort of up for grabs (which is an interesting result — one that perhaps the writer should linger over a little longer).

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead of a drug overdose in Utah yesterday. The 44-year-old had been a part of Dr. Drew’s 3-ring VH1 circus “Celebrity Rehab” in its 3rd season, a fact that will provide ample fodder to the show’s many critics.

But Mike’s death isn’t the reason Dr. Drew needs to pull “Celebrity Rehab’s” plug. If every recovery center had to close down after a former patient relapsed and died, we’d have no facilities left. Addiction is a real disease, and while treatment helps, it is by no means a cure-all.

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Mike Starr Died

Former Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr, who was on the third season of “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew,” was found dead in a Salt Lake City home on Tuesday, the Salt Lake City Police Department has confirmed. He was 44.

Dr. Drew Pinksy, host of “Celebrity Rehab,” responded to Starr’s death by tweeting Tuesday, “Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family.”

Starr appeared on the VH1 reality series’ third season, which aired in 2009, with a cast that included Tom Sizemore and Heidi Fleiss. He was in desperate need of help: His first appearance included him being treated for a large sore caused by shooting up heroin.

The musician was arrested in Salt Lake City last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. According to police, he had Xanax and the painkiller Opana in his possession at the time of his arrest.

A spokesperson for the Salt Lake City Police Department said the police answered a call at 1:42 p.m. on Tuesday and found Starr’s body. Cause of death is pending investigation by the medical examiner.

Starr’s father told TMZ, which first reported the death, that it was “a terrible shock and tragedy.”

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