The founding bassist of Alice in Chains, Mike Starr, has been found dead in a home in Salt Lake City, according to TMZ. Police were called to the house at 1:42PM on Tuesday and found controlled substances along with the deceased.
In 1987, Starr joined his friend Jerry Cantrell’s band along with Layne Staley and Sean Kinney. That band, known as Alice in Chains, has become one of the most influential groups during the grunge movement of the early nineties.
In 1993, Starr left the band, or, as he maintained, he was kicked out for his drug use.
In 2010, Starr took part in VH1’s third season of “Celebrity Rehab”, but the treatment did not stick,
Last month, Starr was arrested in Utah on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance.