SEATTLE – The lead singer to the Seattle-based grunge rock band Alice in Chains died Friday afternoon.
Kirkland, Wash. native Layne Staley was 34.
A King County medical examiner's investigator said his office collected a body from the address in the 4500 block of 8th Ave. N.E. Friday night and planned an autopsy Saturday. The Medical Examiners office refused to confirm the identity of the deceased.
Alice in Chains was forced to cancel a 1994 tour after Staley admitted his battle with heroin addiction.
Unofficial reports suggested that Staley died of a drug overdose.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that the person had been dead for several days.
Alice in Chains was one of a handful of grunge rock bands that became a national sensation by bridging the gap between hard rock and alternative music.
In addition to its minimalist, hard-driving music, heroin was also part of the grunge scene.
Alice in Chains was forced to cancel a 1994 tour after Staley admitted his battle with heroin, a drug that had taken a toll on other Seattle musicians, including Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain.
Cobain’s own struggle with heroin was well known long before he committed suicide in 1994.
Just three months later, Hole bassist Kristen Pfafff’s body was found in the bathtub of her Seattle apartment. She too had died of an overdose.