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.