"Celebrity Rehab," Alice in Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dead


Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr, who was also featured on the TV show "Celebrity Rehab," has been found dead in his house in Utah. He was 44 years old.

A spokesman for the Salt Lake City Police Department said officers responded to a call about a possible body at a residence Tuesday afternoon. They found Starr dead.

The cause of death is unknown, but "there is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual," the spokesman said.

The chief investigator for the state's Office of the Medical Examiner told the New York Daily News that the autopsy would take place Wednesday. A toxicology report that could determine the cause of death could take up to three months.

Starr's father told TMZ, "It is a terrible shock and tragedy."

Starr appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab" in 2009, where he was treated for heroin addiction. The show's host Dr. Drew Pinsky went on Twitter to mourn the loss:

"Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."

After "Rehab" he appeared on a show called "Sober House," which documented his stay at a sober living facility after kicking his heroin habit.

But Starr may have gotten back into drugs. Just last month her was arrested in Utah for an outstanding warrant, and police allegedly found drugs in his possession -- six pills of the sleep medication Opana and six pills of Xanax, the anti-anxiety drug. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Starr helped found Alice in Chains in 1987 but was kicked out of the band five years later because of his drug addiction.

He is not the first band member to succumb to an early death -- singer Layne Staley died from an overdose in 2002.


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