Mike Starr, former AiC bassist dead at 44...


(CNN) -- Mike Starr, the former Alice in Chains bassist whose battle with drugs was chronicled on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," was found dead in Salt Lake City, officials said.​
He was 44.​
Police said they responded to a call Tuesday of a possible death at a residence. The cause and manner of death were not immediately available.​
Starr's former Alice in Chains band mates, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, released a statement, offering their support for his family. The band's original singer, Layne Staley, died from a drug overdose in 2002.2009: Alice in Chains rocks again
"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," it read.​
Alice in Chains, a U.S. grunge band, shot to fame in the early 1990s. Starr left the group soon after the release of its 1992 album, "Dirt."​
He appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."​
"Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family," the doctor wrote on his Twitter page.​
I was very heartbroken to see this news. What a great band he had a hand in creating and what great music.​
Rest easy now, Mike...​