Thursday, March 10, 2011

Alice In Chains: Mike Starr not a suicide, friends say

Mike Starr was working on turning his life around and had plans to tour with Travis Meeks from Days Of The New, according to friends of the former Alice In Chains bassist, who was found dead on Tuesday.

"I don’t think this was a suicide," Brett Gunn of Salt Lake City, Starr’s Alcoholics Anonymous sponsor, told the Salt Lake City Tribune. "We had a lot of plans."

Starr was living with Spencer Roddan, a fellow musician who had known Starr for several years after being introduced to him by a friend, Travis Meeks. Roddan and Meeks met while in rehab at Utah’s Cirque Lodge Drug Rehab Center in Sundance.

Meeks found Starr’s body at about 1 p.m. Tuesday in Roddan’s house.

"I don’t think [his death] was intentional," said Roddan. "Our deal was he had to be clean. He said he was going to make me proud."

Starr has been living with Roddan for about six weeks. He and Meeks had been making music in Roddan’s basement recording studio. Meeks had booked shows on the East Coast the weekend of March 18, Roddan said, and Starr was going to join him on the road.

Starr had other musical plans; read more at the Salt Lake City Tribune here.

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See also:

Alice In Chains: Mike Starr’s last voice mail
Alice In Chains issue statement on passing of Mike Starr
Former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr found dead