Ex-Alice in Chains bassist  Mike Starr dies at 44

Wednesday March 9, 2011

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr has been found dead in Salt Lake City on Tuesday at the age of 44.

The musician had recently appeared on VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab which chronicles a group of celebs as they are treated for alcohol and drug addiction.

According to CNN, the cause and manner of death were not immediately identified.

Former bandmates Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney released a statement.

"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 and prayers are with Mike's family."

Alice in Chains was an iconic Seattle-based band that made its mark on the grunge scene of the early 1990s.

The band's original singer, Layne Staley, died of a drug overdose in 2002.

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