The surviving members of Alice in Chains –- guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney –- have issued a heartfelt statement about the loss of their lead singer and friend, Layne Staley, who was found dead on Friday.
On April 19, 2002, our friend Layne Staley was found dead in his home. The official cause of death is still unknown.
Yesterday, we all managed to come together in Seattle; it’s good to be with friends and family as we struggle to deal with this immense loss … and try to celebrate this immense life. We are looking for all the usual things: comfort, purpose, answers, something to hold on to, a way to let him go in peace. Mostly, we are feeling heartbroken over the death of our beautiful friend. He was a sweet man with a keen sense of humor and a deep sense of humanity. He was an amazing musician and an inspiration and comfort to so many. He made great music and gifted it to the world. We are proud to have known him, to be his friend, and to create music with him. Layne struggled greatly for the past decade. We can only hope that he has at last found some peace. We love you, Layne. Dearly. And we will miss you … endlessly.
Layne’s family has asked that the media honor their privacy as they mourn their loss; we ask that you respect their request.
Layne’s family has requested that contributions may be made in Layne’s
Eastside Recovery Center
1412 140th Place NE
Bellevue, WA 98007
Statement from Don Ienner, Chairman, Columbia Records Group:
“I am incredibly saddened by Layne’s passing. His voice, lyrics and
powerful presence were such a big part of what made Alice in Chains so
special. On behalf of everyone at Columbia and Sony Music, I offer my
condolences to Layne’s family, friends and his millions of fans the world
over. We have all lost a gifted artist and a great friend.”