Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr found dead

Former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr has died in Utah.

TMZ is reporting that Starr's body was found in a Salt Lake City home Tuesday; police say they were called to the house at 1:42 p.m. No foul play is suspected.

Starr was 44 years old.

Mike's dad tells TMZ.com, "It's a terrible shock and tragedy."

Starr was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City police say he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted without a prescription for either.

At the time, Starr was a passenger in a car driven by Travis Meeks of Days Of The New, who was pulled over on a routine traffic stop; a police report indicated Mike tried to play the “do you know who I am?” card, telling police:

"[Mike] stated 'Hey officer, have you heard of Alice in Chains? I used to be the base [sic] guitarist for them. We are down here in Utah. Me and Travis are putting together a new band.'"

Starr split from Alice In Chains in 1993; he previously appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab" back in 2009.

An autopsy is expected to provide answers to Starr’s passing.

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