Alice in Chains’ Mike Starr Dead

Former Alice in Chains band member and Celebrity Rehab patient Mike Starr is dead at the age of 44.

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The original bassist for the rock band Alice in Chains was found dead Tuesday in Utah. The cause of death has not yet been released.

Starr battled drug addiction, appearing on the third season of VH1′s reality show Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2009.

“Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family,” Dr. Drew Pinsky tweeted yesterday.

Starr’s former bandmates, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, released a statement saying, “Jerry and Sean are mourning the loss of their friend and ask that the media respect their privacy – and the privacy of Mike’s family – during this difficult time. Their thoughts & prayers are with Mike’s family.”

Alice in Chains’ original lead singer, Layne Staley, died of a drug overdose in 2002.

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