We reported to you last week on the sad and unexpected death of the former bass player with grunge rock back, Alice in Chains, Mike Starr. Now it seems that he won’t be getting a funeral anytime soon. A medical examiner has told the family they must put burial plans on hold while more tests are carried out on Mike’s body, which was found at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 8, 2011.
It is not yet known what additional tests are to be carried out, but Mike Starr never made a secret of his longstanding drug addiction. He even appeared on the 2009 season of “Celebrity Rehab” in a bid to kick his addictions to drink and drugs. However, he was unsuccessful and died last week, aged just 44.
Starr’s roommate, who did not want to be named, said the tragic musician had been “mixing” methadone and anxiety medication just hours before he died. He had even gone a desperate search for more drugs, leaving a voice-mail with an unidentified dealer which said “I need it so bad” and offered to pay whatever was necessary in order to score.
Mike had been using methadone in an effort to kick his addiction to hard drugs but had also been prescribed anti-anxiety medication after his February 2011 arrest for possession of controlled substances.
No cause of Mike Starr’s death has been determined and more tests are to be carried out. However, the family are not waiting for the release of Mike Starr’s body to have a funeral. Family and friends will hold a memorial without Mike’s body in Seattle this Sunday so that they can pay their respects.
When Mike’s body is released there will then be not one, but TWO, funeral services: another for the family and also one for fans of Mike Starr.