When Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley Tragically Predicted His Own Death
Layne Staley was a musician who rose to prominence as the original lead singer of Alice In Chains. He achieved international fame with the band as part of Seattle’s grunge scene back in the early 1990s. Moreover, Staley became critically recognized for his vocal style, tenor voice, and successfully harmonizing with the band’s guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell.
Throughout his career in Alice In Chains, Staley’s distinctive vocal style became known following the release of ‘Man In The Box,’ the second single of the band’s debut ‘Facelift.’ Although the band was enjoying commercial success after the release of their EP ‘Jar Of Flies,’ Staley had to focus on his health. The musician was using heroin at that time, and due to that, entered a rehabilitation clinic. Therefore, Alice In Chains went into hiatus as he started working on side projects.
During the band’s hiatus, Staley’s drug addiction became known by his fans and the media. The musician’s physical condition became worse due to his prolonged heroin use. Although the band returned with a performance on April 10, 1996, Staley stayed out of the public eye and never performed live again.
For most of his adult life, Staley struggled with depression and drug addiction. On April 5, 2002, he died from a mixture of heroin and cocaine, known as a speedball. However, it seems the troubled musician knew he was going to die just before three months of his passing.
Layne Staley Predicted His Own Death In An Interview Three Months Before His Passing
A year after the death of Layne Staley, in January 2003, Adriana Rubio released a biography about Layne Staley. The book, titled ‘Layne Staley: Angry Chair – A Look Inside the Heart and Soul of an Incredible Musician,’ featured Stanley’s sketches, childhood pictures, and diary entries.
However, it also included Stanley’s last interview which contained some interesting details about his tragic passing. According to the book, the interview took place less than three months before Stanley’s death. It also revealed to the music world how broken and hopeless he was.
In the interview, Staley said that he was not using drugs to get high at that point. The musician then resembled his drug use to diabetics’ using insulin to survive. He said he regretted using drugs and was in a very bad health condition. Following that, Staley claimed he knew he was near death. Although he didn’t want to end his life that way, Layne stated that he had no chance. He then tragically added that it was too late for him.
According to MTV News, Staley said in his last interview that:
“I know I’m dying. I’m not doing well. Don’t try to talk about this to my sister Liz. She will know it sooner or later.
This fucking drug use is like the insulin a diabetic needs to survive. I’m not using drugs to get high as many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this shit. It’s a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning and I’m throwing up all the time and shitting my pants. The pain is more than you can handle. It’s the worst pain in the world. Dope sickness hurts the entire body.
I know I’m near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way, but I know I have no chance. It’s too late. I never wanted the public’s thumbs up about this fucking drug use. Don’t try to contact any Alice in Chains members. They are not my friends.”
It appears that Layne Staley was in deep regrets before his death. However, the musician’s drug abuse was to an extent that he needed it to survive. His tragic passing has been an example of what drug abuse can do to a person.