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Layne Staley Net Worth

Layne Staley Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Layne Staley net worth is
$10 Million

Layne Staley Wiki Biography

Layne Thomas Staley was born on the 22nd August 1967, in Kirkland, Washington USA, and was a musician, singer, and songwriter, probably best recognized for being the lead singer and guitarist of the alternative rock band Alice in Chains, which he formed with Jerry Cantrell; he released five studio albums with the band. His musical career was active from 1979 to 2002, when he passed away.

So, have you ever wondered how rich Layne Staley was? According to authoritative sources, it was estimated that the total sum of Layne’s net worth was over $10 million, the result of his successful involvement in the music industry as a musician and a part of a rock band.

Layne Staley Net Worth $10 Million

Layne Staley was raised in a Catholic family by his father, Phillip Blair “Phil” Staley, and his mother, Nancy Elizabeth Staley. When he was only seven years old his parents divorced, and he stayed with his mother, who later remarried Jim Elmer. He studied at Meadowdale High School, located in Lynnwood, Washington, and during that time became interested in music, listening to rock bands including Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, etc. Prior to that time, Layne began playing the drums, and he performed with several bands, but he had a wish to become a singer.

As early as 1984 Layne’s musical career began, as he joined the band Seize, consisting of students of Shorewood High School. Two years later, the band changed its formation and name to Alice N` Chains. The band played throughout Seattle, and their set list included covers from bands such as Black Sabbath and Anthrax, among others. However, after a year the band disbanded; during that time, Layne shared a room with guitarist Jerry Cantrell, and after Alice N` Chains broke, Layne began collaborating with Cantrell. In 1987, Layne joined Cantrell’s band, which consisted of Mike Starr and Sean Kinney, taking the name Alice in Chains.

The band’s debut album came out in 1990, entitled “Facelift”; which spawned their huge hit “Man In The Box”, written by Layne, it certainly helped the sales of the album, which eventually reached two million copies, earning double platinum status and increasing his net worth.

After the album release, the band and Staley ventured on a tour for two years, after which they released an EP entitled “Sap”, which consisted of songs recorded in an acoustic arrangement. The following year they released their second album – “Dirt” – which garnered positive critiques, and reached No. 6 on the US Billboard 200 chart, achieving four times platinum status, and increasing Layne’s net worth by a large margin.

Despite the growing popularity of the band, trouble came knocking on their doors; Mike Starr left the band and he was replaced by Mike Inez. Furthermore, Layne’s drug addiction intensified, and they were unable to tour for the majority of 1993.

However, two years later, the band released their third album entitled “Alice in Chains”; the album became a complete success, topping the US Billboard 200 chart, and achieving double platinum status, increasing further Layne’s net worth. Unfortunately, after the release, Layne’s drug problems became worse, and this became their last studio album that he released with the Alice in Chains, before he died.

From 1996 until 2002, the band released two live albums, including “MTV Unplugged” which became quite popular, and also a few compilation albums, the sales of which also added to Staley’s net worth.

Speaking about his personal life, Layne Staley was engaged to Demri Lara Parrott, but she died from a drug overdose in 1996. The interesting fact is that he died on the same date as Kurt Cobain, but eight years later on the 5th April 2002 in Seattle, Washington, from an accumulation of drug overdoses, although he wasn’t discovered until two weeks later. After his death, his mother established the Layne Staley Fund, a non-profit organization which helps young people who have problems with drug addiction. .

Full NameLayne Staley
Net Worth$10 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 22, 1967, Kirkland, Washington, United States
DiedApril 5, 2002, Seattle, Washington, United States
Place Of BirthKirkland, Washington, United States
Height6 ft (1.84 m)
ProfessionSinger-songwriter, Musician, Lyricist
EducationMeadowdale High School
ParentsNancy Staley, Phil Staley
SiblingsKen Elmer, Elizabeth Audreyann Staley, Jamie Elmer
NicknamesStaley, Layne , Layne T. Staley , Layne Elmer , Layne Thomas Staley , Alice
Music GroupsAlice in Chains (1987 – 2002), Mad Season (1994 – 1997), Alice Mudgarden, Class of '99 (1999)
1Raw edged vocals
2Frequently wore sunglasses
1I'm scared of death, especially death by my own hand. I'm scared of where I would go.
2I didn't create myself, because I would have done a hell of a better job. (discussing religion)
3Why do people keep taking drugs? Don't they hear my music? Don't they understand the words?
4I saw all the suffering that Kurt Cobain went through. I didn't know him real well, but I just saw this real vibrant person turn into a real shy, timid, withdrawn, introverted person who could hardly get a hello out.
5I wrote about drugs, and I didn't think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them. I didn't want fans to think heroin was cool. But then I've had fans come up to me and give me the thumbs up, telling me they're high. That's exactly what I didn't want to happen.
6There's no huge, deep message in any of the songs. It was just what was going on in my head right then. We had good times, and we had bad times. We recorded a few months of being human.
7I've always looked for the perfect life to step into. I've done all the work, taken all the paths to get where I wanted. But no matter where I go, I still come home to me. At home I'm just Layne, a guy who has interests that extend far beyond music. Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions.
8That makes me sad for my friends who have taken their own lives, because I know that if your time is not finished here, and you end it yourself, then you gotta finish it somewhere else.
9The only pressure this band will ever feel is living up to our own expectations.
10My bad habits aren't my title. My strengths and talents are my title.
1Despite a 10+ year collaboration as Alice in Chains, Layne was occasionally at odds with guitarist Jerry Cantrell. They disagreed on several things, including whether Alice in Chains should continue touring (which they had not done since 1996) and recording (other than two new songs in 1999, the band had not released an album since 1995). As a result, they stopped speaking to each other for a while. Despite the feud, Cantell decided not to continue Alice in Chains without Staley after he died. A reunion tour began in 2005 with various guest vocalist. In 2008 the band released Black Gives Way to Blue featuring William Duvall on vocals.
2His last name is pronounced "stay-lee".
3He was the lead singer for the grunge supergroup Mad Season, which featured members of Pearl Jam and Screaming Trees. Mad Season released their only album in 1995 called "Above", featuring the hit single "River of Deceit".
4Managed to live to see his newborn nephew Oscar, who was born months before his death. Layne's mother reportedly owns the most recent photo of Layne holding his nephew.
5Was a close friend of former Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan.
6He had a death similar to that of Kenny MacLean and Kurt Cobain in that nobody found him for 3 days.
7In high school, Layne sang in a glam-rock band called "Alice N Chains." Upon the formation of the rejuvenated Alice in 1987, the group re-spelled it's name to Alice in Chains and adopted a heavier, metal-influenced sound.
8Wrote about his struggles with heroin addiction in such songs as "Angry Chair", "Junkhead", and "God Smack."
9It's believed he died on April 5, 2002. The autopsy report from the May 7, 2002, from the King County Medical Examiner's Office confirms that Staley died after injecting a "speedball", a mixture of heroin and cocaine. He had been dead for about two weeks when his body was discovered on April 19, and was surrounded by drug paraphernalia. His body was so decomposed when found that it was only identified as that of Layne Staley after a check of the dental records.
10His long-time girlfriend (and former fiance) Demri Parrott died of untreated bacterial infection of the heart valves in October 1996.
11He was the lead vocalist for alternative rock band Alice in Chains.


One Hit Wonderland2012TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Metal Evolution2011TV Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
Cry Baby: The Pedal that Rocks the World2011Video documentary writer: "Man In The Box" - as Layne T. Staley
Funny People2009writer: "Man in the Box" - as Layne T. Staley
Idol2004TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Perfect Storm2000writer: "Man in the Box"
Alice in Chains: Music Bank - The Videos1999Video writer: "Man in the Box", "Angry Chair", "I Stay Away", "Again", "Get Born Again"
The Faculty1998performer: "Another Brick in the Wall, part II"
Marvin's Room1996writer: "Again" 1995
Unplugged1996TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Epic of Detective Mandy: Book Four - Spoof of the Living Dead II1995TV Movie writer: "I Stay Away"
Lassie1994writer: "Man In The Box"
Dead at 211994TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Beavis and Butt-Head1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Last Action Hero1993writer: "A Little Bitter"
Alice in Chains: Live Facelift1991Video documentary short writer: "Man in the Box", "Real Thing", "Love, Hate, Love", "Man in the Box Video"


Alice in Chains: Them Bones1992Video shortLayne Staley
Alice in Chains: Man in the Box1991Video shortLayne Staley


Alice in Chains: Music Bank - The Videos1999Video video "Again"


Alice in Chains: Man in the Box1991Video short


19162009Short dedicatee
The Rooster2008Short in memory of
Heart: Alive in Seattle2003Video thanks: from Mike Inez


Rage1994-2009TV SeriesHimself
Alice in Chains: Music Bank - The Videos1999VideoHimself (Vocals) (as Alice in Chains)
Howard Stern1997TV SeriesHimself
Unplugged1996TV Series documentaryHimself - Vocals
Saturday Night Special1996TV SeriesHimself
Hype!1996DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Mad Season: Live at the Moore1995Video documentaryHimself
The Nona Tapes1995Video shortHimself
Alice in Chains: The Nona Tapes1995ShortHimself
Alice in Chains: What the Hell Have I?1993ShortHimself
Singles1992Himself - Alice In Chains (uncredited)
Alice in Chains: Live Facelift1991Video documentary shortHimself (as Alice in Chains)
Hard 'N' Heavy Volume 161991VideoHimself
Pantera: Cowboys from Hell1991Video documentary shortHimself
Alice in Chains: We Die Young1990Video shortHimself

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Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)

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