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Alice in Chains singer found dead in home

Layne Staley
Layne Staley  

SEATTLE, Washington (CNN) -- King County authorities said a body found in a Seattle residence has been identified as that of Layne Staley, 34, lead singer of the rock group Alice in Chains.

The partially decomposed body was found Friday in Staley's home in the city's University District, King County Sheriff's Sgt. Cameron Webster said.

Investigators performed an autopsy to identify Staley, said Monty Nelson, an official with the medical examiner's office.

He said the cause and manner of death will be determined after more investigation.

Alice in Chains formed in 1987 and was prominent in Seattle's music scene, which included "grunge rock" groups such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Fans in Seattle and Boston were organizing candlelight vigils and memorial ceremonies to pay tribute to Staley, according to postings on the band's Web site.




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