UPDATE: Scott is full of shit and has been revealed to be a liar. He admitted to his story being a hoax. The photo itself is still confirmed to be from September 1998 or later due to the shirt Layne is wearing not being released until then, but the new RUMOR is that it is from Halloween 1998.
Click here to read Scott Farro’s (email@example.com) work of fiction:
The photograph is including of Layne Staley. I was an acquaintance (who shall remain nameless at the moment) of the girl who took this photograph (described by Layne as someone he knew from “The Rainbow”) and I was present at the time it was taken in Seattle. It was, in fact, during the month of October, 2001. The photo was NOT taken at or near the place that he spoke of.
Though I was only around Mr. Staley a few times during this particular week, I can confirm that he was wearing these glasses, as well as the same clothing (including grey cargo pants w/black boots) the entire time. He also did not speak much because he appeared to be missing all of his top front teeth and had few remaining at the bottom front of his jaw. He did not want to make a full smile but had nothing against the picture being taken.
We are not sure how the pictures had ever been leaked – nor can we disclose how Mr. Staley was carrying out his life during this week, but it is important that fans not pay attention to the “works” of Adriana Rubio in particular. My brief time around Layne holds memories of a tired, yet warm and friendly man who was not as reclusive as people may think and seemed to enjoy the company that he was keeping that week.
I then followed up with an e-mail and Scott gave me more information:
The reason I spent time with a small group of his friends is because my acquaintance and I were involved with a similar lifestyle for a period of time. Being familiar with the music his band had made, I was asked by our mutual friend not to mention this at any point during the days we were around him. He came across as a very nice person and did not seem depressed. It was not strictly business, but apparently, he had severed those relations and I was to approach him as I would anyone else. It was not hard to distinguish his few friends from those who may have been of another importance. I will not disclose the activies that took place during the week, except to add Layne Staley frequented a couple of places by night and that we were present with him.
The reason we have decided to provide this information (even though limited) to a few media outlets, is due to the fact that with Mike Starr’s passing, and of Alice In Chains working on possible new music – questions of interest about Mr. Staley have once again started to make rounds in the community such as people who may or may not be involved with much larger media. The original owner of the photo wishes to remain completely anonymous and has sought only to offer a small amount of insight to what fans have been wondering amidst various rumours triggered by mainstream and local media in the past. No severe, physical disfigurements were ever known of Layne Staley except for weight loss and missing teeth – nor was he truly known to be reclusive.
Though we believe the leak of this photo may have been accidental, we hope this helps people to have a little more understanding of things regarding his last period of time.