Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died Tuesday in Salt Lake City, Utah, TVGuide.com has confirmed. He was 44 years old.
According to a spokesman for the Salt Lake City police department, police received a call of a possible death at 1:42 p.m. local time. When police arrived at the location of the call, they confirmed Starr was deceased. His cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.
Starr's father called his son's death "a terrible shock and tragedy" to TMZ, which first reported the news.
Born in Honolulu, HI, Starr was the original bassist for Alice in Chains when the heavy metal band formed in 1987. He left the group in 1993 and later played bass for the band Sun Red Sun, which also included former Black Sabbath members Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli.
Starr was arrested last month on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance.