Mike Starr dead at 44
I watched Mike Starr get sober on Celebrity Rehab. He was hard to watch, very rough and angry and heavily addicted. The story of his heartbreak over the death of his friend and band-mate Layne Staley (Alice in Chains) was just raw. I just watched this video of him when he was on the show, and talked about his regret over not doing more to save Layne. Near the end, Dr. Drew says to Mike that his life could be saved as a tribute to Layne. That Layne would want him to get clean & sober. It's an incredibly touching scene, but one that is now all the more tragic, since Mike's addiction won out in the end. Now more than ever, as we watch what addiction does to celebrities, I am grateful for my recovery.
Edited to Add: Loveline: Celebrity Rehab’s Mike Starr Bounces Back This was just over two weeks ago.