Alice in Chains

Former Alice In Chains Bassist Mike Starr Dead At 44

Mike Starr, the troubled original bass player for Alice in Chains who struggled with drug addiction for years, was found dead in a house in Salt Lake City on Tuesday afternoon. Starr, who had worked at sobriety via VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" reality show in 2009, was 44.  

Starr had been arrested three weeks earlier in Salt Lake City on a prior drug charge and according to the Guardian and TMZ, had also been carrying an unauthorized prescription for Xanax and painkillers.

No foul play is suspected at this time.

Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in April of 2002. Starr, who admitted that he was fired over his own drug issues during Alice in Chains' tour supporting their 1992 album Dirt, often spoke of his grief over Staley's passing. He also revealed during his stint with reality show rehab that he felt guilty for not helping his friend after observing how sick he was just prior to his death.

Starr, who started with Alice in Chains in 1987, began in a band called Diamond Lie with future Alice in Chains compadres, guitarist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney. He also briefly played in Sun Red Sun along with former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, a project that ended when Gillen died in 1993. 

 

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