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Lane Staley Biography

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, a al Guns n' Roses) with guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Michael Starr & drummer Sean Kinney.

Their debut EP, "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 LP, "Dirt", going multiplatnum. After changing bassists to Mike Inez, The group, led by Staley, released two EPs and one LP. They toured little, however, as rumors of Staley's heroin addiction ran wild. Staley and the band appeared on Alice in Chains: MTV Unplugged (1996) (V) in 1996 and it would be their last performance as a group. While they never officially split up, they all went on to different projects, with Staley working with the band Mad Season and recording vocals for "Another Brick in the Wall" for the soundtrack to Faculty, The (1998). After that, Staley lived in semi-seclusion in his home in Seattle. On April 20th, 2002, Staley was found dead in his home, the victim of an apparent drug overdose. He was 34 years old.

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