Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr found dead at 44

TMZ reports that former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead at the age of 44 at 1:42p.m. today in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Starr had a history with drug abuse, and appeared in 2009’s season of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. During the show’s taping Starr was seen working through some of the difficult feelings associated with the death via overdose of the band’s singer Layne Staley in 2002.

This February it became public knowledge that he had relapsed when he was arrested on the 18th for heroin possession. His roommate told TMZ that Mike mixed the methadone medication he was taking to try to kick heroin again with anti-anxiety medication the day he died.

Cause of death has not yet been released