According to TMZ, original Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr, perhaps better known as a member of the third season of Celebrity Rehab, was found dead in a house in Salt Lake City earlier today. His father called the death of the 44 year-old a “terrible loss.”
Starr was in Alice in Chains from 1987 to 1993, and left the band during the tour for Dirt. While it was said at the time that he left to spend time with his family, Starr later admitted he left because of his drug use. In 2009, Starr was on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. However, last month, he was arrested in Salt Lake City for drug possession after being found with non-prescription pills. It’s really sad to think that half of the original lineup of Alice In Chains is gone now. While there’s no word yet on the cause of death, it can be presumed that like frontman Layne Staley, drugs were involved. Our thoughts are with his friends and family.