Sad news today regarding former Alice In Chains bass player and ‘Celebrity Rehab’ alumni Mike Starr, who was found dead this afternoon in a Salt Lake City home, at the age of 44.

You might remember that he was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance, Salt Lake City police found several painkillers on him at the time of the arrest.  Starr left AIC during the Dirt tour back in 1993 – revealing later that it was due to a increasing addiction to drugs, which later claimed the life of bandmate Layne Staley.   Mike did a short stint in a group called Sun Red Sun – with former Black Sabbath singer Ray Gillen, who died shortly afterwards from AIDS-related complications.

Mike’s heroin addiction landed him on “Celebrity Rehab”, and the spin-off “Sober House”.

Several of Mike’s friends and fans have expressed their grief on Twitter today, see the story from MTV.

Here’s a recent interview with Mike and Dr. Drew discussing Layne’s death:

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