Celebrity Rehab star Mike Starr died

Mike Starr, the original bassist for Alice in Chains and a cast member on the third season of Celebrity Rehab, has died at age 44. He’s the first person to appear on that series to die.

Mike, who also appeared on the spin-off series Sober House, “was found dead in a Salt Lake City house” and foul play isn’t suspected, Reuters reports, adding that “[t]he medical examiner’s office will likely conduct an autopsy on Wednesday, but the results of toxicology tests could take up to two months.”

But Dr. Drew already diagnosed him on Twitter, writing that it was “Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness.” In other words, Dr. Drew suggests it was Mike’s substance abuse problems that killed him.

TMZ first reported his death and noted that he “was arrested last month for felony possession of a controlled substance.”

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