Alice In Chains Bassist Found Dead
Mike Starr, the former bassist of Alice In Chains, was found dead in his Salt Lake City home Wednesday. Starr was 44 years old.
With a history of substance abuse, Starr was featured on the third season of Celebrity Rehab.
Mike Starr, who is best known for his work with Alice In Chains on the album Dirt, tried to use his former rock star status as a get out of jail free card when he was arrested in February 2011 for felony possession of a controlled substance. According to the police report last month, Starr said, "Hey officer, have you heard of Alice in Chains? I used to be the bass [sic] guitarist for them."
Starr, who had a history of substance abuse, left Alice In Chains shortly after the release of "Dirt" in 1992. Songs like "Down In A Hole" and "Sickman" have underlying tones of depression. "Dirt" is Alice In Chains highest selling album to date.
While on the road with Alice In Chains during the "Dirt" tour, Mike Starr left suddenly. Layne Staley's drug and alcohol problems halted the progress of Alice In Chains in 1996. Staley's decomposed body was found in his Seattle apartment in 2002.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, the Celebrity Rehab host tweeted: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."