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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


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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To: ValerieUSA
How do you know he ODd? Many of his lyrics were suicidal.
81 posted on 04/21/2002 11:12:35 AM PDT by MadameAxe
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To: MadameAxe
He did die of a heroin overdose - whether or not it was intentional doesn't change the fact.
82 posted on 04/21/2002 11:15:06 AM PDT by ValerieUSA
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To: ValerieUSA
Opps, never mind. I see your post of the update. Looked at the original story and didn't see where you got it from. My bad.
83 posted on 04/21/2002 11:15:14 AM PDT by MadameAxe
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To: WDG55513
The wages of sin is death
84 posted on 04/21/2002 11:16:19 AM PDT by RnMomof7
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To: good_ash
I saw Cantrell here in New York last summer. His set was about 90% Alice in Chains, and the crowd knew every word of every song. Great show. He's a terrific singer in his own right, and he's got a new solo album coming out next month. I heard the first single "Anger Rising" on the radio last night, and it was great. Reminded me of some of the heavier stuff from Facelift. I hope he doesn't make the same mistakes that Layne did -- it'd be nice to have him around for a while.
85 posted on 04/21/2002 2:56:45 PM PDT by Rainbow Rising
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To: MadameAxe
Overwhelmingly, the most common drug found in people who cause traffic accidents, is alcohol.

Alcohol may be the most common drug found, but even if you eliminate it,

Impaired driving is impaired driving. Injured is injured. Dead is dead.

I sure hope we work on the non-alcohol-related causes, too.

86 posted on 04/21/2002 3:39:10 PM PDT by syriacus
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To: Anthem
If he was living on 8th off 45th, he didn't have any money.

Then I guess he didn't save or invest his money and quit making it. Too bad ---I never understand why people who have a lot going for them have to end this way.

87 posted on 04/21/2002 4:24:09 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: WDG55513
The badn that's REALLY being ripped off wholesale is Faith No More. While AiC had a heavy sound, they're songs were interstingly structured. FNM was a funk metal band and that exact sound, down to the exact tom sounds on the drums, is being ripped off.

There's a band called Papa Roach, if you close your eyes, you hear FNM...there are plenty of other bands that sound just like FNM. I'd sue for damages. THe state of pop music isn't.

88 posted on 04/21/2002 4:30:41 PM PDT by Benrand
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To: Rainbow Rising
I hope he doesn't make the same mistakes that Layne did -- it'd be nice to have him around for a while.

I never thought the other members were really big druggies....just Layne.

89 posted on 04/21/2002 7:21:46 PM PDT by Nate505
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To: WDG55513
This is a damn shame. AIC was one of the best bands from the grunge era. Saw them open up for Anthrax, Pantera and Megadeth at the "Clash of the Titans" tour in 1991 or 92.

First and last time I ever wore sandals to a heavy metal concert (that's a whole different story).

Damn shame...

Can't say I didn't see it coming though.

90 posted on 04/21/2002 10:54:29 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Benrand
The musical guest on each of the last two Saturday Night Lives have both been reeeeally "reminiscent" of FNM. I might have missed a week, but I'm pretty sure it was the last two episodes.
91 posted on 04/21/2002 11:09:11 PM PDT by Semaphore Heathcliffe
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To: RepublicanMetal
RIP, Layne.

The river of deceit flows down...

92 posted on 04/22/2002 5:54:37 AM PDT by JohnGalt
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To: WhiteKnuckles
My favorite album. Sad to say but his death was expected. After reading a profile on the band in 1994-1995, I am surprised that this did not happen back then.
93 posted on 04/22/2002 8:02:45 AM PDT by Corporate Law
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To: bright_paper_werewolves
The "Man In the Box" is now the singer of the song of the same name. Irony or not?[/i] Yeah, there's about 4-5 different songs that are ironic now (even though I'm bummed about his death, like most people, I could see it coming years ago).

"Down In a Hole"
"Don't Follow"
"Over Now"
"Rain When I Die"

95 posted on 04/22/2002 8:26:13 AM PDT by Nate505
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To: WDG55513
RIP Layne, we will miss you.
96 posted on 04/22/2002 10:20:01 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough
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To: wardaddy
DIRT Bump.

It always seems the best music is created by the least stable. Cobain was a complete basket case, barely able to function as a father and husband, but the dude positively ROCKED.

And now Staley, another apparent "victim" of his own creativity, part of a long history pioneered by Keith Moon and Bon Scott - maybe. Pehaps drugs were not involved? Tough sell.

AIC will certainly remain one of my all time fave bands. RIP.

97 posted on 04/22/2002 12:29:49 PM PDT by xsrdx
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To: WDG55513
Rest in peace.
98 posted on 04/22/2002 1:38:40 PM PDT by Soulcleaver
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To: WhiteKnuckles

That songs about gang violence ... not smack.

99 posted on 11/03/2006 8:57:58 AM PST by mcg2000 (New Orleans: The city that declared Jihad on The Red Cross.)
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