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Mike Starr, former Alice in Chains musician, dies at 44

March 8, 2011 |  9:47 pm

Mike Starr, the former bassist for the rock band Alice in Chains whose battle with drugs was chronicled on the reality TV show “Celebrity Rehab,” was found dead Tuesday in Salt Lake City, officials said. He was 44.

Police said they responded to a call of a possible death at a residence. The cause of death was not immediately available.

Starr's former Alice in Chains band mates, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, released a statement offering their support for his family. The band's original singer, Layne Staley, died from a drug overdose in 2002.

Alice in Chains shot to fame in the early 1990s. Starr left the band soon after the release of its 1992 album, “Dirt.”

He appeared on the third season of the VH1 show “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew.”

-- CNN