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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 22 August 1967Kirkland, Washington, USA
Date of Death 5 April 2002Seattle, Washington, USA  (drug overdose)
Birth NameLayne Thomas Staley
Nickname Alice
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (2)

Layne was born August 22, 1967 in Kirkland, WA. When Layne was seven, his parents divorced. He started playing drums around the age of 12.

Layne always wanted to sing when he played his drums, so his groupies told him that he should sing instead. So, Layne traded in his drum set for a microphone and delay.

While at a party in Seattle in 1987, he met Jerry Cantrell who suggested the two start a band. Jerry then introduced Layne to Mike Starr, who introduced him to Sean Kinney. Layne was known to be dark and mysterious, but he actually had a thirst for knowledge and was a chatterbox. He was also an artist. Layne did the artwork both for Mad Season's album and in sleeve of Alice in Chains' "Dirt" album. His best known artwork is probably the Alice In Chains Sun Logo.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Kari Johnson <kari_j@alloymail.com>

Layne Staley was born in Kirkland, Washington in 1967. In the mid-1980s, he fronted the glam metal band Sleze, then formed Alice in Chains (then called Alice n' Chains, ala Guns 'N' Roses) with guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Starr & drummer Sean Kinney.

Their debut album Facelift was a hit, and featured the now-classic "Man in the Box." Their newfound fame led to a cameo in the movie _Singles(1992)_ and their follow up album, Dirt, going multi-platinum. After changing bassists to Mike Inez, the group, led by Staley, released two EPs, Sap and Jar of Flies, and an eponymous LP. They toured little, however, as rumors of Staley's struggle with heroin addiction ran wild. Staley and the band appeared on _Alice in Chains: MTV Unplugged (1996) (V)_ in 1996. This would be their final television appearance. The band played just four more shows together, opening for KISS on June 28, 30, July 2 and 3, 1996. After the death of his girlfriend and former fiancé, Demri Parott, in October 1996, Staley was said to have basically given up in his battle with drug addiction. This, however, did not stop him from working with Mad Season and recording vocals for "Another Brick in the Wall" for the soundtrack to The Faculty (1998). Unable to get Staley into the studio to record, Jerry Cantrell released Boggy Depot in March 1997. Aside from recording the songs "Died" and "Get Born Again" in October 1998, Layne Staley remained elusive, with only sporadic 'reported' sightings of him around Seattle surfacing from time-to-time.

On 20 April 2002, Seattle Police were summoned to the home of Layne Staley after friends and family members were unable to contact him. Inside, Staley's decomposing body was found lifeless, the victim of an apparent drug overdose. Layne Staley was 34 years old.

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Trade Mark (2)

Frequently wore sunglasses
Raw edged vocals

Trivia (9)

He was the lead vocalist for alternative rock band Alice in Chains.
His long-time girlfriend (and former fiance) Demri Parrott died of untreated bacterial infection of the heart valves in October 1996.
It's believed he died on April 5, 2002. The autopsy report from the May 7, 2002, from the King County Medical Examiner's Office confirms that Staley died after injecting a "speedball", a mixture of heroin and cocaine. He had been dead for about two weeks when his body was discovered on April 19, and was surrounded by drug paraphernalia. His body was so decomposed when found that it was only identified as that of Layne Staley after a check of the dental records.
Wrote about his struggles with heroin addiction in such songs as "Angry Chair", "Junkhead", and "God Smack."
In high school, Layne sang in a glam-rock band called "Alice N Chains." Upon the formation of the rejuvenated Alice in 1987, the group re-spelled it's name to Alice in Chains and adopted a heavier, metal-influenced sound.
He had a death similar to that of Kenny MacLean and Kurt Cobain in that nobody found him for 3 days.
Was a close friend of former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan.
Managed to live to see his newborn nephew Oscar, who was born months before his death. Layne's mother reportedly owns the most recent photo of Layne holding his nephew.
Despite a 10+ year collaboration as Alice in Chains, Layne was occasionally at odds with guitarist Jerry Cantrell. They disagreed on several things, including whether Alice in Chains should continue touring (which they had not done since 1996) and recording (other than two new songs in 1999, the band had not released an album since 1995). As a result, they stopped speaking to each other for a while. Despite the feud, Cantell decided not to continue Alice in Chains without Staley after he died.

Personal Quotes (10)

My bad habits aren't my title. My strengths and talents are my title.
The only pressure this band will ever feel is living up to our own expectations.
That makes me sad for my friends who have taken their own lives, because I know that if your time is not finished here, and you end it yourself, then you gotta finish it somewhere else.
I've always looked for the perfect life to step into. I've done all the work, taken all the paths to get where I wanted. But no matter where I go, I still come home to me. At home I'm just Layne, a guy who has interests that extend far beyond music. Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions.
There's no huge, deep message in any of the songs. It was just what was going on in my head right then. We had good times, and we had bad times. We recorded a few months of being human.
I wrote about drugs, and I didn't think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them. I didn't want fans to think heroin was cool. But then I've had fans come up to me and give me the thumbs up, telling me they're high. That's exactly what I didn't want to happen.
I saw all the suffering that Kurt Cobain went through. I didn't know him real well, but I just saw this real vibrant person turn into a real shy, timid, withdrawn, introverted person who could hardly get a hello out.
Why do people keep taking drugs? Don't they hear my music? Don't they understand the words?
I didn't create myself, because I would have done a hell of a better job. (discussing religion)
I'm scared of death, especially death by my own hand. I'm scared of where I would go.

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