The Haunting Love Story of Alice in Chains Singer Layne Staley and Demri Parrott

At one time, lead singer of Alice in Chains, Layne Staley, was like the Jim Morrison of the grunge rock movement. Long and blond and handsome, with hypnotizing vocals, he was a sex-symbol who also struggled with severe drug addiction his entire life.


The nineties was a time of grunge, emanating from Seattle, Washington – the movement was moody and stripped of the glamour and brightness of the previous disco era. Layne Staley, at the time, was as big of a star as Kurt Cobain or Eddie Vedder in the Seattle grunge scene.

The great love of his life has been widely known to be a petite, charismatic brunette named Demri Parrott. They were young lovers, and she was known for being every bit as creative as Staley, with her long flowing hair and long flowing skirts. She was always writing poetry or burning incense, and was known for her infectious personality that made everyone want to be around her. Together, Demri and Layne seemed like soul-mates and kindred spirits. Unfortunately, what Demri and Layne also shared was an addiction to drugs.

Layne & Demri Eventually Parted Ways

Even after they eventually broke up, Layne Staley was said to be completely devastated when he found out about her death due to drug overdose at age twenty-seven. Already a drug-addled recluse, Layne Staley slid further into the seductive grasp of drug addiction.

He died completely alone at the age of 34 in 2002, cutting himself off from his family and his band members. He was said to only have weighed around eighty pounds at the time of his death, even though he was over six feet tall. The police, at the request of his mother, had to kick down the door of his house to find he had passed. The autopsy revealed that he had died from injecting a lethal dose of speedball. In interviews before his death, Layne laments his drug use and says that he never wanted to end up this way.

One comment

  1. pete

    wow! we`ll never see anything like that again.

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