What is the Last Picture of Layne Staley?

Fans of Alice In Chains would have loved to get more of Layne Staley’s magic before his demise. Unfortunately, Layne was found dead in April 2002, leaving thousands of fans shocked. What killed Layne Staley?

Layne Staley Last Photo

While there are a few photos on the internet of Layne Staley during his final days, none is his last photo.

Reports have it that Layne’s last known picture was taken by his mother, Nancy McCallum. In the picture,

Layne was holding his newborn baby nephew Oscar. Staley’s mother took the photo on February 14, 2002, and it has never been published yet. 

Surprisingly, not so many people of this digital generation are pretty familiar with the legendary lead singer of Alice In Chains. First up, who was Layne Staley?

Alice In Chains Lead Singer

Layne Staley was an American Musician, lead singer, and co-songwriter of Alice In Chains rock band.

This band was the real deal back in the early 1990s, thanks to Seattle’s grunge movement that saw them rise to international ranks. Staley particularly thrilled fans with his typical vocal style and tenor voice. 

Staley had a superb career, winning several album awards with his rock bandmates. However, depression and drug addiction took a better part of his adult life.

There was widespread circulation about Staley’s physical condition in media and fan communities. In addition, Layne Staley was reportedly affected by long periods of heroin abuse.

Final Gloomy Days

Staley’s final years were rather gloomy, according to his close associates.

The Alice In Chains autobiographical book has revealed a few things about Layne’s last days.

There is an excerpt of Staley’s stepfather, Jim Elmer, telling how timid Layne was due to his teeth problem. 

Jim Elmer shares, “We had not seen Layne for some time and he seemed calm. He certainly was timid due to his teeth problem but he was serene….”

You may ask, did Layne Staley lose his teeth? Yes, he did. Substance abuse had severely affected Staley making his physical appearance even worse than before. He looked so old for his age. Besides, he had atrophy in his legs.

Layne cut a complicated figure while obviously high. Some rumors had it that Layne had lost an arm to gangrene, with abscesses covering his arms.

Staley attended a Jerry Cantrell solo concert in Seattle on October 31, 1998. Unfortunately, this was Staley’s last public appearance. Cantrell had requested Staley to sing with him on stage, but the Alice In Chains man declined. The two, however, took a photo backstage, which is also considered the most recent photo of Staley in the public domain.  

Found Dead in His Condo

Sadly, Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley died on April 5, 2002, at 34 years of age. Seattle police reportedly found Staley dead on his couch, weighing 86 pounds. Moreover, his body’s autopsy and toxicology report revealed that Layne died two weeks before the police found him in his Seattle condo. Layne is said to have died from speedball – a mixture of cocaine and heroin.