Again for historical perspective, Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley was victim to the same grieve losing someone to drugs as his family is today. His former fiance and what many say was his ‘soulmate’ Demri Lara Parrott lost her life to drugs on October 29, 1996. At the time, Layne was placed on suicide watch and NME quoted a friend saying, “It’s hit him very hard – he’s been grieving very heavily. Everyone is rallying round to help him get through this extremely difficult time.”
I knew Demri fairly well about a decade ago and went to school with one of her longtime boyfriends named Kent. Many of us at the time thought she was really lucky to hook up with a famous rock star, but when you see how both these people were taken from the earth by drug abuse, you really change your perspective. To read more about Demri from her obituary, read on.
Left this world October 29, 1996; born in Bremerton, Wa. on Feb. 22, 1969 and attended school in Arlington. Demri was passionate about many things and exceled in art and theater. She loved to collect vintage clothes, make decoupage, write poetry and play in front of the camera. Demri was well known and had numerous friends that she touched with her charismatic and enchanting personality. There were many people who shared happiness and joy with her in this life, so many that all cannot be mentioned in this limited space. Demri is survived by her mother, Kathleen Austin; father, Dennis Dougherty; brothers, Devin, Derek and David; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Austin; Uncle John, Aunt Glynna and Uncle Richard Lee; cousins, Brandy, Joe, Hanna, Katie, and Brian as well a large and extended family; her very special companion and loved one, Layne Staley. To those who always offered their support and love, the family would like to acknowledge Amber, Julie, Melinda, Mara, Sonja, Seth, Fabiola, Owen, Clay and Kevin Wilkens. A very special thanks to the Elmer Family, Susan Silver and Silver Management. An enormous amount of gratitude to those who always gave special and loving care to Demri, Harborview and University Medical Centers, Wedgwood and Evergreen Hospital. Services will be held Saturday, November 2, 3:30 p.m. at Neighborhood Christian Center, 5th and Warren, Bremerton (8 blocks to ferry dock). A Celebration of her life will also be held Sunday, November 3, from 3 p.m to 7 p.m. at 4745 University Way. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Harborview Adult Medicine Clinic in Demri’s name.