Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 -ca. April 5, 2002) was the lead singer of the Seattle rock band Alice In Chains as well as the lead singer/songwriter of the rock supergroup Mad Season. Staley was arguably the heart of Alice In Chains. His passionate and tortured singing style helped Alice In Chains become one of the most successful bands of the 1990's. However, he can also be blamed for why they didn't stay at the top. Despite AIC's chart success, the band had to pass on many tour and concert opportunities because of Staley's health. This eventually led to the band's downfall.