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More Tragedy

More Tragedy

Date: Apr 29 2002


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It’s been a difficult week for music fans. Layne Staley, singer for the rock group Alice in Chains, recently died in Seattle. Then, last Thursday, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes of TLC died in a car accident in Honduras. After Aaliyah’s death last year, all of this tragedy is too much.
Staley was a powerful singer, with a unique voice. His band, Alice in Chains, became very popular in the early 1990’s. Like many rock stars, Staley was known to have problems with drugs.
Lopes was the craziest and most flamboyant member of TLC. She was in trouble in early 1994 because she set fire to her boyfriend’s house after getting in a fight with him. She didn’t go to jail though, and TLC went on to record the smash album Fan Mail.


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Comments from people who knew Lisa Lopes:
“We had all grown up together and were as close as a family. Today we have truly lost a sister.”
- TLC’s Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins and Rozanda “Chilli” Thomas
“She was a true rock star. She was determined to be something in life. She had the tattoos. You could expect the unexpected. When you see Lisa, you could expect something from her. That’s the gift she carried.”
- Music producer Jermaine Dupri
“What I liked most about her was that she was a rebel. She wasn’t afraid to go against the grain.”
- Music producer Suge Knight.
On Layne Staley:
“Layne had an amazing voice that had such a beautiful, sad, haunting quality about it. I saw Alice in Chains at one of their final performances. They played outside in the sunshine, and they were awesome. I think that’s a good way to remember someone who will be missed.”
- Former Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan
“My heart is broken. Do you know what this feels like? I can’t say anything else at this time.”
- Sean Kinney, drummer from Alice in Chains



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Musicians often live exciting lives, but their lives can also be dangerous. They have dynamic personalities, so they live dynamic lives. Partying, traveling and being crazy are normal parts of the rock star life. Unfortunately, many rock stars have died at a young age. Some of the most notable are Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Jim Morrisson and Aaliyah.
Are you a TLC fan? An Alice in Chains fan? Come to the Music Mix message board and let us know how you feel about the tragic deaths of Lisa Lopes and Layne Staley.
Rock on,


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