Layne Staley's Death Anniversary
2007-04-06 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 18 Comments

Five years ago, on April 5, 2002, former Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley died as a result of a fatal mix of heroin and cocaine.

Staley was found dead in his apartment on April 14, 2002, after a friend reported that she hadn't heard from him in almost two weeks. Police and Staley's parents arrived at his condo to find his body surrounded by various drug paraphenalia and estimated his date of death as April 5, the same day as Nirvana singer Kurt Cobain.

Layne Staley recorded three full-length albums and three EPs with Alice In Chains as well as one LP with side project Mad Season, which also featured members of Pearl Jam (Mike McCready) and the Screaming Trees (Mark Lanegan).

The three surviving members of Alice In Chains, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Seak Kinney and bassist Mike Inez, reformed Alice In Chains in 2005 for a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the 2005 Boxing Day tsunami in South-East Asia. Guest vocalists included Tool's Maynard James Keenan, Heart's Ann Wilson, Puddle Of Mudd's Wes Scantlin and Damangeplan's Pat Lachman.

A 2006 tour featured Jerry Cantrell's touring guitarist William DuVall on lead vocals, as well as a lead spot from Pantera's Philip Anselmo and guest bassist Duff McKagan, formerly of Guns N' Roses. There are currently no plans to record another Alice In Chains album.

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JohnXDoesn't
April 6th 2007

1247 Comments


Happy Anniversary, Layne! :chug:

Tacos
April 6th 2007

125 Comments


RIP Layne and Kurt, who would have thought that two rock legends would die on the same day but in different years? April 5th is a tragic day for rock music. weird.

Ruthlessgrunge
April 6th 2007

460 Comments


I miss Layne

Ruthlessgrunge
April 6th 2007

460 Comments


I miss Kurt too.

Doppelganger
April 6th 2007

3124 Comments


Layne > Kurt

MrKite
April 7th 2007

5020 Comments


Kurt>Layne
Shocker!
Still, I would say Layne was a more talented vocalist, I just like Kurt better.This Message Edited On 04.06.07

Sound
April 7th 2007

3838 Comments


R.I.P Layne Staley & Kurdt KobainThis Message Edited On 04.06.07

MrKite
April 7th 2007

5020 Comments


He didn't spell it that way at the time of his death.

Ire
April 7th 2007

41454 Comments


Two grunge hero's,died on the same day. :sad:

Sound
April 7th 2007

3838 Comments


to MrKite:

oh, you're all very aware (!)
but isn't Kurdt Kobain his 'real' name...This Message Edited On 04.06.07

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 7th 2007

15693 Comments


It's his stage name he wrote to make himself look cooler before he became a rock icon. I read Heavier than Heaven.

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Sound
April 7th 2007

3838 Comments


i thought it was the other way round.

thanks for the info;)







A_Guy
April 7th 2007

106 Comments


That 'friend' who reported that they hadn't heard from Layne was actually my friend's dad who is the band's accountant.

Zmev
April 7th 2007

983 Comments


Happy Deathiversary!

samthebassman
April 7th 2007

2164 Comments


5 years, bugger, it goes fast.

Altmer
April 7th 2007

5652 Comments


so I'm gonna play the Dirt album on his anniversary

MrKite
April 7th 2007

5020 Comments


i thought it was the other way round.

I was always curious as to why you spelled it that way.
Sorry for being picky it just bugs me for some reason.

This Message Edited On 04.07.07

Alice34
February 3rd 2008

1 Comments


we miss layne staley. we miss his powerful voice. the legacy of alice in chains will forever be in our hearts.



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