Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died yesterday, after years of struggling with drug addiction.

The 44 year old was found by police in a house in Salt Lake City, Utah, after they received a call alerting them to a possible death. Though the cause of death is currently unknown, police have said that they do not suspect foul play.

Starr had been arrested three weeks ago on an outstanding warrant for another drugs charge, and was found to be carrying illegal prescription medications. Starr's battle with drug addiction was well documented, with the bassist even appearance on the third series of reality TV show 'Celebrity Rehab'.

Mike Starr played bass with Alice in Chains from 1987 to 1993. His death comes nine years after the Seattle grunge band's original frontman Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in 1992. His former bandmates Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, released a statement, admitting that they 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 Mike's family."