Alice in Chains Ex-Bassist Mike Starr Found Dead

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Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr - who has publicly struggled with drug addiction and appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab" in 2009 - has died. He was 44.

"It's a terrible shock and tragedy," his father tells TMZ.

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Starr was arrested and jailed for alleged drug possession in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month. Police pulled him over and found he was in possession of six Xanax pills and six painkillers called Opana.

One of the two arresting officers reported that Starr readily identified himself. "Hey officer, have you heard of Alice In Chains? I used to be the bass guitarist for them. We are down here in Utah . . . putting together a new band," he told police, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. (A court date had not yet been set.)

Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley died from mixture of heroin and cocaine in 2002.