||ALICE IN CHAINS FOUNDING BASSIST MIKE STARR DIES AGED 44
9th March 2011
Founding Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr has been found dead at a house in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was 44 years old.
Mike had a history of drug addiction and appeared on US TV show Celebrity Rehab, where he revealed his battle with drugs was the real reason he was kicked out of the band.
Police said that they were called to the house at 1:42PM but there were no details about the cause or circumstances of Starr's death immediately available. It was also not immediately clear who owned the home or phoned police.
A police spokesperson said: "There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual."
Mike's dad told TMZ, "It's a terrible shock and tragedy."
Mike was the original bassist for Alice in Chains, a Seattle-based band that made their mark on the grunge scene of the early 1990s. He left the group in 1993.