Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead in a Salt Lake City house this afternoon, reports TMZ.
Starr, who was 44 years old, had a history of substance abuse and appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Rehab in 2010.
After months of sobriety, Starr was arrested by Salt Lake City police for possession of unauthorized prescription medication on February 18, 2011.
Starr’s death came as an absolute surprise to his father, who told TMZ, “It’s a terrible shock and tragedy.”
A spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Department noted, “There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual.” Toxicology tests could take up to two months.
The co-founding Alice In Chains member left the band shortly after the release of their multi-platinum 1992 album ‘Dirt,’ due to his drug use. Starr also appeared on the group’s debut album, ‘Facelift,’ and the band’s follow-up EP, ‘Sap.’
While on Celebrity Rehab, Starr spoke frankly about how affected he was by the death of Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley, who overdosed in 2002. Starr said that he may have been the last person to see Staley alive, and he felt intense guilt about not being able to save Staley’s life. This struggle helped lead Starr towards recovery from his own drug addiction.
Our condolences go out to Mike Starr’s family, friends and loved ones.