Mike Star (photo by Steve Jennings)

Fans of Alice In Chains and rock music have lost yet another young performer as their former bassist Mike Starr passes away at the age of 44.

Starr had battled Heroin addiction for years; his demons chronicled on television through “Celebrity Rehab” and “Sober House”.  That addiction is reportedly the reason the group’s co-founder left Alice In Chains during the height of their popularity while touring for their second album.

It would seem that Starr was involved in a new fight in recent years.  On February 18th he was arrested for felony possession of painkillers, a controlled substance.

Starr was found dead in his Salt Lake City home on the afternoon of Tuesday, March 8th with no foul play suspected by the police.

Nearly 9 years ago, Alice In Chains lost the first of its founding members as Layne Staley died of an overdose from a mixture of Heroin and Cocaine.  Mike Starr was the last known person to have seen Staley alive just a day before the singer’s death.  The bassist reportedly blamed himself for Staley’s death as he failed to call 911 to help his ailing bandmate, though Staley is said to have “threatened to sever their friendship if he did”.