Alice In Chains frontman William DuVall recently reflected on the list of some popular singers who have died prematurely in recent decades. The list includes Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, whose tragic death in 2017 was ruled a suicide by hanging. While, Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain had committed suicide in 1994. Alice In Chains’ Layne Staley, had passed away after drug abuse in 2002. Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood died of overdose in 1990.
William DuVall shares his thoughts on the matter
In a new interview with Riff X ‘s “Metal XS”, DuVall spoke about the premature deaths. “Fame is tough,” William said. “It can take a toll on anyone, no matter how strong you might be, in some ways. It’s very taxing. Certainly a high price to pay for a massive gift that I think those bands cumulatively gave to rock culture. It’s very sad.
“You deal with whatever you’re dealing with as far as your public persona, but then you also are just a person underneath that,” he continued. “That’s where it gets challenging, because negotiating all of that… The extremes can be really jarring, between what you’re dealing with out in the world and what you’re dealing with in private; those extremes can be very jarring.”
DuVall appears on the last three Alice In Chains albums: 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue”, 2013’s “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” and 2018’s “Rainier Fog”.
Previously, a couple of weeks after the Soundgarden frontman’s suicide, Cantrell told Rolling Stone magazine that Cornell was “the last guy in the world I thought that would happen to. That’s not the way that book was supposed to end. And it was not the way that book was going.”