Mike Starr, original bassist of Alice in Chains, has died in Salt Lake City. He was 44.
Starr appeared on VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab With Drew Pinsky” in 2010 and previously appeared on the cabler’s “Sober House.”
Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley ODed in 2002.
Starr was arrested in Salt Lake City on Feb. 17, when he was riding in the passenger seat of a van that was pulled over on a routine traffic violation, according to the Deseret News website.
According to jail documents, Starr was illegally in possession of prescription medication, including the painkiller Opana, also known as oxymorphone, and alprazalam pills, used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
Travis Meeks of the rock band Days of the New was driving the vehicle.
The arresting officer also found Starr had a warrant out for his arrest. According to Utah court records, Starr was convicted in 3rd District Court in 2003 of felony drug possession. But a bench warrant was issued on Aug. 25, 2003, when he failed to appear for sentencing.
Starr was the bass player for Seattle rock band Alice in Chains from 1987-93.
During the taping of “Celebrity Rehab,” which he had joined to fight a heroin addiction, he said he had been kicked out of Alice in Chains for drug abuse.