MIKE STARR Memorial In Seattle: Photos, Report Available

March 21, 2011

Friends, family and fans of ALICE IN CHAINS and its original bass player, Mike Starr, gathered at the International Fountain at Seattle Center Sunday (March 20) to listen to the band's music as a public memorial to Starr.

Photos from the event can be found at SeattleTimes.com. A short report on the gathering is available at this location.

As previously reported, Starr's funeral has reportedly been put on hold for a few more weeks. The medical examiner has told the family that more time is needed to perform additional tests on Starr's body, according to TMZ.com. The 44-year-old musician and onetime "Celebrity Rehab" cast member was found dead in a Salt Lake City house on March 8 by friend and current bandmate, former DAYS OF THE NEW frontman Travis Meeks.

There's no word on what tests the medical examiner needs to conduct. Friends said that Starr was taking methadone to kick a longtime drug habit and also taking an anti-anxiety medication at the same time.

He was arrested and briefly jailed for drug possession in Salt Lake City last month, after police there pulled over the van he was traveling in. Starr was found in possession of 12 pills without a prescription.

Mike's family intends to hold both a private and public funeral service once Starr's body is released to them.

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