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