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Body found in home may be that of Alice in Chains singer
Seattle PI ^ | Saturday, April 20, 2002 | Seattle PI

Posted on 04/20/2002 1:57:32 AM PDT by WDG55513

Body found in home may be that of Alice in Chains singer

Group soared with grunge movement

Saturday, April 20, 2002

By CANDACE HECKMAN
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER

A body was found Friday at the University District home of Layne Staley, the lead singer of the seminal Seattle grunge band Alice in Chains.

Law enforcement sources said the body was Staley's, but would not give specifics and referred all questions to police spokesmen -- who did not return repeated calls for comment.

According to the Seattle Fire Department's dispatch log, an aid response was called to Staley's last known address in the 4500 block of Eighth Avenue Northeast in the University District, a section of the city where many boarding homes are located.

The Medical Examiner's office said late last night that they responded to a call at Staley's address and found someone who appeared to have been dead for several days.

They have not officially identified the person.

Staley, 34, wrote lyrics that dealt with the darkness of his struggle with heroin abuse.

Alice in Chains debut album, "Facelift," was released in 1990 and the group quickly rose to prominence along with other bands from the tight-knit local music community like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden; one of Pearl Jam's first shows was as an opening act for Alice in Chains.

In 1992, the group released their critically acclaimed album "Dirt," which featured the hit singles "Would?" and "Rooster." The band distinguished itself from its Seattle peers with a hard, morbid sound, and Staley's music often touched on drugs.

According to a fan Web site, Staley was born in 1967 in Kirkland.

The first instrument he played was the drums at the age of 12. He later played in different bands around Seattle.

At a party in 1987, Staley met Jerry Cantrell, who introduced him to Mike Starr (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums).

They decided to start a band and Alice In Chains was born.

In a 1996 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Staley spoke of how his drug use influenced his lyrics.

"I wrote about drugs, and I didn't think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them," Staley told the magazine. "Here's how my thinking pattern went: When I tried drugs, they were (expletive) great, and they worked for me for years, and now they're turning against me -- and now I'm walking through hell, and this sucks."

In the same article, he said: "I'm gonna be here for a long time. I'm scared of death, especially death by my own hand. I'm scared of where I would go. Not that I ever consider that, because I don't."

Staley told the magazine he did not want to be seen as a rock god or martyr.

"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 ... At the end of the day or at the end of the party, when everyone goes home, you're stuck with yourself."


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RIP
1 posted on 04/20/2002 1:57:32 AM PDT by WDG55513
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To: WDG55513
copycat
2 posted on 04/20/2002 3:24:05 AM PDT by opinionator
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To: WDG55513
Another dead drug addicted rocker.

What a surprize.

3 posted on 04/20/2002 4:11:35 AM PDT by Fzob
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To: WDG55513
We need a billboard: "Welcome to Seattle: More Dead Rock Stars than you can shake a stick at..."
4 posted on 04/20/2002 6:54:55 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: WDG55513
"When I tried drugs, they were (expletive) great, and they worked for me for years, and now they're turning against me -- and now I'm walking through hell, and this sucks." "

This is something every drug user should have tattooed on his forehead.

5 posted on 04/20/2002 7:00:18 AM PDT by Don Myers
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To: Chad Fairbanks
"We need a billboard: "Welcome to Seattle: More Dead Rock Stars than you can shake a stick at...""

Drugs don't kill. Just ask the drug fanatics on this board. (Extreme sarcasm label here)

6 posted on 04/20/2002 7:01:40 AM PDT by Don Myers
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To: Don Myers
You are right. Drugs DON'T kill. Drugs in excess DO. It could very well have been a legal drug like alcohol... though unlikely in Staley's case, it's still possible :0)
7 posted on 04/20/2002 7:04:32 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: WDG55513
"I'm scared of where I would go. Not that I ever consider that, because I don't."

Humm. Shoulda.

8 posted on 04/20/2002 7:05:57 AM PDT by vigilo
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To: WDG55513
I didn't see this here and posted it in the General Interest side.
9 posted on 04/20/2002 7:06:52 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: Chad Fairbanks
People on drugs who become zombies - the walking dead, dwelling in hell while alive - don't fit into your stats. How convenient.
10 posted on 04/20/2002 7:08:37 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: WDG55513
Another dead Druggie makes the country a safer place.
11 posted on 04/20/2002 7:14:02 AM PDT by chesty_puller
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To: Chad Fairbanks
"You are right. Drugs DON'T kill. Drugs in excess DO. It could very well have been a legal drug like alcohol... though unlikely in Staley's case, it's still possible :0)"

See, I was right. It didn't take long. Denial is not just a word in a dictionary.

12 posted on 04/20/2002 7:15:08 AM PDT by Don Myers
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To: Don Myers
I'm not denying that drugs, for the most part, are dangerous. Alcohol, which is a drug, kills. So does tobacco. And Heroin, Coke, Crack, all that new "Designer" crap, etc... Haven't seen any reports of death caused by Weed yet, though...
13 posted on 04/20/2002 7:22:29 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: ValerieUSA
But hey, who cares how many people walk and drive around like braindead zombies due to alcohol, right? Who cares how many lives, families, etc... are destroyed by Alcohol, right? I guess they just don't fit into your stats. either. How convenient...
14 posted on 04/20/2002 7:26:55 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: WDG55513
It's kind of sad when someone with talent, fame, enough money destroys themselves with drugs or alcohol. You have to wonder what drives them to that.
15 posted on 04/20/2002 7:33:13 AM PDT by FITZ
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Where is it said that no one cares about the negative impact of alcohol abuse? How is adding heroin and cocaine to the legal mix going to improve anything? Rage on. Pretend you care, but we know better.
16 posted on 04/20/2002 7:36:55 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: ValerieUSA
I care about a lot... Mostly, though, I care about the path that this nation is heading down. The Asset Forfeiture Laws are what changed my mind about illegal drugs... The fact that the constitutional guarantees are gone now, as far as due process etc... is my main gripe about the war on drugs. Beyond that, if some arrogant, rich, spoiled rock star wants to choke to death on their own puke, it's their business... Don't expect me to feel sorry for them. They made a choice, they accept the consequences...
17 posted on 04/20/2002 8:00:31 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: Chad Fairbanks
I'm not denying that drugs, for the most part, are dangerous. Alcohol, which is a drug, kills. So does tobacco. And Heroin, Coke, Crack, all that new "Designer" crap, etc... Haven't seen any reports of death caused by Weed yet, though...

As long as the users don't drive (or operate other machinery?).

On the high road: driving under the influence of cannabis in Ontario.
Walsh GW, Mann RE.
Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
While cannabis is the most frequently found illegal drug in drivers killed or injured in motor vehicle collisions, little is know about driving under the influence of cannabis (DUIC) in the general population. We report information on the incidence of DUIC in a representative sample of the Ontario adult population. Among all drivers, 1.9% reported DUIC in the previous 12 months. Several factors influenced the likelihood of reported DUIC, including gender, age, marital status and education level. Among cannabis users, DUIC appeared to be a relatively common behaviour; 22.8% reported DUIC, and the probability of the behaviour was significantly influenced by gender and education level. As well, DUIC and drinking-driving were strongly related in this sample. These data underscore the need to obtain more information on this behaviour, including a more complete understanding of any risks involved.

18 posted on 04/20/2002 8:44:47 AM PDT by syriacus
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To: Chad Fairbanks
"Mild" drug use leads to excess drug use.
19 posted on 04/20/2002 8:53:21 AM PDT by GuillermoX
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To: WDG55513
Very Sad! I was hoping they would get back together!
20 posted on 04/20/2002 10:55:05 AM PDT by cmsgop
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To: syriacus
That's a given... Anyone who drives under the influence of any mind-altering drug, whether it's legal or not, prescription or not, is a moron...
21 posted on 04/20/2002 11:52:41 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: WDG55513
Scary's on the wall
Scary's on his way

Oo, watch where you spit.
I'd advise you wait until it's over.
Uh, then you got hit, and you shoulda known better.

And we die young.
Faster we run.

Down, down, down you're rollin'.
Watch the blood float in the muddy sewer.
Uh, take another hit and bury your brother.

And we die young.
Faster we run.

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What a waste. Layne Staley, RIP.

22 posted on 04/20/2002 11:55:14 AM PDT by WhiteKnuckles
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To: GuillermoX
I think that depends on a person's character and strengths. Either that, or anyone who has a glass of wine with dinner, or a few beers during the super bowl, is just a drink or two away from being a full-blown alcoholic... :0)
23 posted on 04/20/2002 12:12:23 PM PDT by Chad Fairbanks
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To: WDG55513
. At the end of the day or at the end of the party, when everyone goes home, you're stuck with yourself."

At least he figured that out.

24 posted on 04/20/2002 12:17:58 PM PDT by tet68
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To: chesty_puller
WHAT THE F**K DO YOU KNOW??!! HUH??! You know NOTHING about this man, his life, his drug use or how his drug use effected others. You're just a loudmouth a**hole with nothing better to do than make fun of something you are wholly ignorant of. This man just DIED. He has a mother you know. Have some compassion. Rest In Peace Layne.
26 posted on 04/20/2002 1:41:18 PM PDT by PrescottBush
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To: PrescottBush
RIP Layne........


27 posted on 04/20/2002 1:53:29 PM PDT by cmsgop
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To: WDG55513
It's too bad in a way. This was one of my favorite bands of all time. Layne's voice was excellent, and had quite a range. Still, people have been predicting this guy's death for years now, so it's not very surprising......and I don't see how his death makes the world that much safer....it's not like he was out beating the crap out of people or doing anything more than vegging in his house.
28 posted on 04/20/2002 2:55:50 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: WDG55513
"Deny Thy Maker".....shame....I liked their sound.
29 posted on 04/20/2002 3:00:23 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: PrescottBush
Wow.
30 posted on 04/20/2002 3:01:51 PM PDT by GiovannaNicoletta
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To: wardaddy
R.I.P. Layne Staley

Godsmack

Care not for the men who wonder
straw that broke your back, you're under
cast all them aside who cares
empty eyes and dead end stares

dont you know that none are blind
to the lie, and you think I dont find
what you hide

what in gods name have you done?
stick your arm for some real fun

for the horse youve grown much fonder
than for me, that I dont ponder
as the hair of one who bit you
smiling bite your own self too

and I think that youre not blind
to the ones you left behind
I'll be here

what in gods name have you done?
stick your arm for some real fun

so be yearning all your life
twisting turning like a knife

now you know the reasons why
cant get high or you will die
or youll die

what in gods name have you done?
stick your arm for some real fun

so your sickness weighs a ton
and gods name is smack for some



31 posted on 04/20/2002 3:09:44 PM PDT by damnlimey
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To: damnlimey
My favorite AIC song.....sort of a very dark Roland the Thompson Gunner ...always gave me the view of some grizzled LRRP sort of fellow.:

Artist: Alice In Chains
Album: Dirt (1992)
Song: Rooster

Ain't Found A Way To
Kill Me Yet
Eyes Burn With Stinging
Sweat
Seems Every Path Leads Me To Nowhere
Wife And Kids And Household Pet
Army Green Was No Safe Bet
The Bullets Scream To Me From Somewhere

Here They Come To Snuff The Rooster
Yeah Here Come The Rooster
You Know He Ain't Gonna Die

Walkin' Tall Machine Gun Man
They Spit On Me In My Homeland
Gloria Sent Me Pictures
Of My Boy
Got My Pills 'Gainst
Mosquito Death
My Buddy's Breathin'
His Dyin' Breath
Oh God Please Won't You Help
Me Make It Through

Damn fool was 10 years younger than me...had the world by the tail once.

32 posted on 04/20/2002 3:27:03 PM PDT by wardaddy
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To: wardaddy, damnlimey
God, I miss AIC. They were one of my favorites. Nobody comes close nowadays to the music they made.

--------

Alice In Chains
"No Excuses"
Jar Of Flies

It's alright
There comes a time
Got no patience to search
For peace of mind
Layin' low
Want to take it slow
No more hiding or
Disguising truths I've sold

Everyday it's something
Hits me all so cold
Find me sittin' by myself
No excuses, then I know

It's okay
Had a bad day
Hands are bruised from
Breaking rocks all day
Drained and blue
I bleed for you
You think it's funny, well
You're drowning in it too

Yeah, it's fine
We'll walk down the line
Leave our rain, a cold
Trade for warm sunshine
You my friend
I will defend
And if we change, well I
Love you anyway

33 posted on 04/20/2002 3:58:56 PM PDT by WhiteKnuckles
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To: JediGirl
I sure hope someone sent him a link to the "comics".
34 posted on 04/20/2002 4:01:04 PM PDT by Registered
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To: WDG55513
Heh...Now he's the "Man in the box" indeed. I'm off to smoke a fat joint and listen to some Alice In Chains.
35 posted on 04/20/2002 4:04:36 PM PDT by Wolfie
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To: Nate505
and I don't see how his death makes the world that much safer....?

Perhaps his early, lonely death will convince the people he's influenced not to follow the same path he did.

36 posted on 04/20/2002 4:18:58 PM PDT by Moonman62
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To: WDG55513, all
It's sad, but not surprising. Last I heard, he'd contracted gangrene in his arms from shooting up. Don't know if that's true, or even possible--but the whole idea doesn't give much weight to the phrase, "Better living through chemistry."

I doubt those who are drawn to the drug scene will wise up. The deaths of Jimi, Janis, Jim Morrison, all far greater talents than Layne Stanley, didn't have much effect on curbing the appetite for narcotics. People will always choose to medicate rather than face their problems, sadly.

37 posted on 04/20/2002 4:38:12 PM PDT by RepoGirl
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To: WhiteKnuckles
Is She Ready To Know My Frustration?
What She Slippin' Inside, Slow Castration
I'm A Riddle So Strong, You Can't Break Me
Did She Come Here To Try, Try To Take Me

Did She Call My Name?
I Think It's Gonna Rain
When I Die

Was It Something I Said, Held Against Me?
Ain't No Life On The Run, Slowly Climbing
Caught In Ice So She Stares, Stares At Nothing
I Can Help Her But Won't, Now She Hates Me

She Won't Let Me Hide
She Don't Want Me To Cry

Will She Keep On The Ground, Trying To Ground Me
Slowly Forgive My Lie, Lying To Save Me
Could She Love Me Again, Or Will She Hate Me
Prob'ly Not, I Know Why, Can't Explain Me

Did She Call My Name?
I Think It's Gonna Rain
When I Die

38 posted on 04/20/2002 5:16:22 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: ValerieUSA
I'm sorry. The mods can delete this if they want. I did a search before I posted but didn't get anything.
39 posted on 04/20/2002 5:18:56 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: GiovannaNicoletta
Sorry. I was a fan. Just touched a nerve I guess. Long Live The Rooster.
40 posted on 04/20/2002 5:22:01 PM PDT by PrescottBush
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To: cmsgop; wardaddy
My favorite song by them is "Nutshell"... next... anything from Jar of Flies. I love that album. What a shame. I was hoping things were turning around for them and that they might get back together as well...

Mrs Kus

41 posted on 04/20/2002 5:22:17 PM PDT by cgk
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To: WhiteKnuckles
God, I miss AIC. They were one of my favorites. Nobody comes close nowadays to the music they made

No, but they sure try. Many of the bands out now aren't exactly subtle when it comes to lifting AIC's style or ideas.

Personally, I always found Chains to be the top Seattle group. Facelift and Dirt really walk all over anything put out by Nirvana, Soundgarden, or Pearl Jam.

42 posted on 04/20/2002 5:23:57 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: chesty_puller
Another dead Druggie makes the country a safer place

You were probably drunk when you posted that.

43 posted on 04/20/2002 5:26:29 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: wardaddy
Nutshell

We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home

My gift of self is raped
My privacy is raked
And yet I find
And yet I find
Repeating in my head
If I can't be my own
I'd feel better dead

Mrs Kus

44 posted on 04/20/2002 5:26:47 PM PDT by cgk
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To: WDG55513
Personally, I always found Chains to be the top Seattle group. Facelift and Dirt really walk all over anything put out by Nirvana, Soundgarden, or Pearl Jam

I agree.

Mrs Kus

45 posted on 04/20/2002 5:27:57 PM PDT by cgk
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To: cgk
"Nutshell"

We chase misprinted lies
We face the path of time
And yet I fight
And yet I fight
This battle all alone
No one to cry to
No place to call home

My gift of self is raped
My privacy is raked
And yet I find
And yet I find
Repeating in my head
If I can't be my own
I'd feel better dead

46 posted on 04/20/2002 5:29:25 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: cgk
oops :)
47 posted on 04/20/2002 5:29:59 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: WDG55513
Haha!! At least it bears repeating. :). It says a lot about this whole story.

BTW - is there any doubt that it IS him?

Mrs Kus

48 posted on 04/20/2002 5:34:03 PM PDT by cgk
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To: wardaddy
That was a great song. I'm pretty sure the original "Rooster" was the father of Chains' guitarist Jerry Cantrell.
49 posted on 04/20/2002 5:37:45 PM PDT by WDG55513
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To: WDG55513
They were my favorite Seattle group too, with Soundgarden a close second. I loved them because they were more concerned with rocking your socks off than being The Voice Of A Generation. I've never heard anything quite like Layne's voice. Now that voice is stilled forever, and it hurts to know that.

RIP, Layne. I hope you've found peace.

50 posted on 04/20/2002 5:41:08 PM PDT by Rainbow Rising
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