But tragic bassist Mike was mixing methadone and anxiety pills just hours before he was found dead, reveals close friend

Mike Starr

Fighter: But Starr mixed his meds hours before death

Mike Starr was battling his drug addiction until hours before he died, when he mixed his anxiety medication with methadone, says a friend who was living with him in Salt Lake City.

The former Alice in Chains bassist, who lost his position in the band through addiction issues, was found dead yesterday at the age of 44.

The roommate tells TMZ: “Mike was a beautiful person who was fighting to stay sober. I am going to miss him greatly.

“He had been using methadone recently in an effort to get off the drugs. But he’d also been taking medication for anxiety issues since his arrest last month.

“He was mixing his meds on Monday night.”

TMZ have also published what they say is a voicemail message from Starr to an unnamed associate in which he asks for drugs and says: “I need it bad.”

Starr was believed to have been managing his prescriptions well until the fatal slip. In 2009 he appeared on Celebrity Rehab where he discussed how his drug problems led to his sacking from Alice in Chains.

Almost 10 percent of people in the USA are thought to be addicted to alcohol or other substances – that’s more than 23 million people, MTV reports.

Robert Lindsey of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence says: “It literally hijacks the person’s brain and takes over. For somebody who has become physically and emotionally addicted, stopping and staying stopped is the hardest thing in the world to do.” He points out that over 20 million people are thought to have fought off the illness and are successfully living in recovery.

Sergeant Shawn Josephson of Salt Lake City Police Department says in a statement: “We received a call of a possible death at 1986 South Richard Street in Salt Lake City. When officers arrived they discovered Michael Starr was deceased. The medical examiner’s office took custody of the body and the cause and manner of death will be provided by them.

“On February 16 we did arrest Mr Starr. He had a warrant for drugs and also had some prescription medication that he did not have a prescription for.”

Related stories: