The mother of tragic former Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley has filed a lawsuit against the surviving members of the band. Nancy McCallum claims the rockers have been trying to stop her from collecting royalties on songs Staley wrote or co-wrote, even though she is allegedly entitled to 16 per cent of the group's income.
And earlier this month (May13) she filed legal papers at the King County Superior Court in Seattle, Washington seeking damages and a court order re-establishing her rights to her son's assets, according to local publication SeattlePi.com.
The Man in the Box hitmaker passed away in 2002 from a deadly combination of heroin and cocaine.
Looks like drugs may be the culprit.
Authorities reportedly found heroin-related paraphernalia surrounding the body of Layne Staley, the lead singer of the grunge band Alice in Chains.
Staley, 34, was found dead Friday in his Seattle apartment, after a relative discovered him. He had been dead for nearly two weeks, the police estimated.
No one suspects foul play, however. Seattle Police spokesman Duane Fish told The Associated Press that there was to be no criminal investigation.
"There was nothing suspicious about the death. It appears to be overdose or possibly a natural death," Fish said.
The King County Medical Examiner's office said Sunday to AP that an autopsy was done on Saturday, but the cause of death won't be confirmed for weeks until all the toxin tests have been conducted.
Layne Staley, the lead singer of grunge band Alice in Chains, died of a possible drug overdose at his home in Seattle, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported Saturday. He was 34.
Although the official cause of death is unknown, Seattle Police spokesman Duane Fish said, "It was natural or an overdose--that's the way it was determined by our investigators."
Staley's body was found on Friday after police responded to a call to check on a person's well-being at Staley's address in Seattle's University District, a section of the city where many boarding homes are located.
Police called investigators from the medical examiner's office after they found someone who appeared to have been dead for several days. Because the body had started to decompose, tests were required to establish Staley's identity.
Laboratory results pinpointing the exact cause and time of his death could take several weeks.
Alice in Chains combined grunge with heavy metal and often wrote about heroin. Along with Nirvana and Pearl Jam they were one of the most prominent bands on the Seattle grunge scene during early '90s.
The group released Facelift, their first album, in 1990 and followed it with Dirt in 1992. Their 1995 album Alice in Chains debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. The group's hits included "Man in the Box," "Them Bones," "Rooster" and "Would," which was inspired by the 1990 heroin overdose death of Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood.
Rumors of Staley's declining health and drug dependency surfaced after the band failed to tour in support of Alice in Chains. Staley did little to suppress the rumors.
In a 1996 interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Staley spoke of how his drug use influenced his lyrics.
"I wrote about drugs, and I didn't think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them," he told the magazine. "Here's how my thinking pattern went: When I tried drugs, they were [expletive] great, and they worked for me for years, and now they're turning against me--and now I'm walking through hell, and this sucks.
"I'm gonna be here for a long time. I'm scared of death, especially by my own hand. I'm scared of where I would go. Not that I ever consider that, because I don't," he added.
"I saw all the suffering that Kurt Cobain went through. I didn't know him real well, but I just saw a real vibrant person turn into a real shy, timid, withdrawn, introverted person who could hardly get a hello out. At the end of the day or at the end of the party, when everyone goes home, you're stuck with yourself."