Grunge bassist Mike Starr dead at 44

alice-in-chainsThe world of grunge lost another family member Wednesday as former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr (see photo, far right) unexpectedly passed away at the age of 44.

According to an article in the Los Angeles Times, Starr’s body was found in a house in Salt Lake City, Utah almost nine years after Alice in Chains’ lead singer Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in Seattle, Wash.

The bassist, who made headlines in the past year for publicly battling his long history of drug problems on VH1’s popular reality show “Celebrity Rehab” hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, had recently had been arrested in Salt Lake City for an outstanding warrant and possession of unauthorized prescription medications.

Though foul play has largely been ruled out by the Salt Lake Police Department, an official cause of death has yet to be determined.

Watch a fan tribute video to Mike Starr set to the music of Alice in Chains here:

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