by / March 10th, 2011 /

Former Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr found dead

Mike Starr, former bass player with Alice In Chains, has been found dead at his home in Salt Lake City. Starr had endured a long battle with drug addiction, which resulted in him leaving the group after the release of Dirt in 1993. He later worked with ex-Black Sabbath singer Ray Gillen on the Sun Red Sun project. In a statement released through their management, the two remaining original members of Alice In Chains, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, expressed their grief:

“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 the Starr family.”

Mike Starr is predeceased by his AIC bandmate Layne Stayley, who passed away in 2002 from an overdose.

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