Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his familyAbove is the heartfelt tweet that Dr. Drew Pinsky sent out when heard that his former Celebrity Rehab "patient," Mike Starr, had died.
Let's leave aside for a moment that I find Dr. Drew to be a reprehensible human being. Leave aside for a moment that Celebrity Rehab is the second most loathsome show on television (most loathsome? it's companion piece, Sober House). Let's even leave aside the fact that Dr. Drew Pinsky tweeted his sadness over losing a television patient.
Read the tweet.
It says that Mr. Starr "succumbed to his illness." Actually, as of right now, we don't know why he died. Not officially, anyway.
The original bassist for Alice in Chains was found dead Tuesday in Utah. He was 44. Cause of death has not yet been released.That is the second paragraph from a story on e online. The first paragraph?
Mike Starr's demons tragically caught up with him.We don't know what killed him. But we know what killed him. His "demons." His "illness."
Also there's this, from the third paragraph of that e story:
Starr, who battled drug addiction, appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2009 and gave a testimonial marking six months and seven days of sobriety during season four.Just a few months ago, "Dr. Drew" was holding this man up as a success story. In fact, in February of last year, Dr. Drew wrote the following:
People ask me why I do the work that I do. Well, take one look at Mike Starr and I think you will understand.He was great on Loveline, the radio show. When the cameras and microphones are on, he's great. He's doing "amazingly."
If you watch Celebrity Rehab you have seen how sick Mike became and how he struggled. I suggest you log on to Lovelineshow.com and watch his video. You will see how amazingly he is doing today. He is doing fantastic and truly an inspiration. He was great on Loveline.
And now Mr. Starr's body isn't even cold and he's willing to speculate that he "succumbed to his illness." Of course, Dr. Drew is a man who is willing to offer speculation on the states of mind and the alleged addictions of people like Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen without having even met them.
Moreover, Dr. Drew claims that his "prayers are with his family." Dr. Drew is an atheist. So to what or whom is Dr. Drew praying, exactly? The spirits of fame? The god of celebrity?
If you watched Mr. Starr's season of Celebrity Rehab and Sober House, you saw a desperate man trying to deal with issues that were clearly beyond the scope of Dr. Drew. You saw a group of people -- every one of those characters -- being told repeatedly that they were helpless in the face of their addiction. That they were victims. That they were always going to be addicts, that they were always going to be teetering precariously on the brink of relapse. That they could neither control nor trust themselves. That they were pathetic. The best they could hope for was a life of constant struggle with a "disease" that was no different from cancer that was going to do everything it could to kill them. If they did not submit unconditionally to Dr. Drew, they would DIE.
It's a wonder more of them don't just give up. If that's your motivational message, what hope is there?
There is currently a fifth season of Celebrity Rehab filming. Look for Dr. Drew to exploit Mr. Starr's death as a way to motivate Michael Lohan et al to finally get clean.