Mike Starr Found Dead
updated 03/09/2011 AT 11:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/09/2011 AT 08:20 AM EST
The cause and manner of death were not immediately known, according to CNN.
Starr's former bandmates, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney, released a statement which read: "Jerry and Sean 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."
Dr. Drew Pinsky, the host of Celebrity Rehab, responded to Starr's death with a note on Twitter that read: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."
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