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Former Alice in Chains Bassist Mike Starr Has Died

Mike Starr on Vh1's "Celebrity Rehab"
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Mike Starr, who played bass for rock group Alice in Chains and was later featured on the TV show "Celebrity Rehab," has died. He was 44. MTV reports that Starr was found dead in Salt Lake City, Utah, and that the cause of his death remains unknown.

Starr was an original member of grunge-rock band Alice in Chains, which was formed in the mid-1980s under the original name Diamond Lie. The band was responsible for putting out a number of rock n' roll classics in the 1990s, including "Man in the Box" and "Rooster."

Starr, however, battled addiction for years, and was eventually kicked out of the band over it. He appeared on "Celebrity Rehab" in 2010, and later announced that he had six months of sobriety. But in February of this year, Starr was arrested in Salt Lake City for suspected illegal possession of prescription pills Xanax and Opana.

According to MTV:

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Mike's dad told TMZ his son's death is 'a terrible shock and tragedy.'