Statement from Liz Coats

Posted: January 2, 2012 in Music
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In response to my previous blog post about the Adriana Rubio book, I received the following email from Liz Coats, Layne Staley’s sister. The italics in the text are as they appear in her message:

I personally have never read Adriana’s book. I did meet with her and speak with her at length. I also talked with Layne when I was contacted by her, and let him know of her intentions to write a book about him. He let me know that he wanted no part of it. He said that he did not trust journalists, and that they had never been honest in his experience. He also said for me to tell her, and I quote, “Tell her if she wants to write a book about someone, she should write it about herself.”  Anyone who knew Layne would know that would be something he would say.
When I heard that Adriana claimed to have spoken to Layne, I knew the book would be full of lies, and I chose not to read it. The fact that she came out with that after his death made me sick. I regret that I ever spoke with her. In all of his wisdom, he was right again, and I unfortunately had to learn the hard way. She was not to be trusted.
You might wonder why I ever spoke with her in the first place. Imagine watching your big brother, this incredible man, trapped in his addiction, a personal hell on earth, for years and years. When I was first contacted by Adriana, I was so grateful that this woman from another country was so impressed by him, and wanted to tell his story, and honor him this way. I wanted Layne to know, or hear again, how much he was admired and loved, as he was such an extraordinary person. I even had the hope that a book written honoring him, might be one of the things that might change his course. You grasp at straws after you’ve watched someone you love go through such strife for so long.
I’m glad so many people realize what a joke this book was. I hate the thought of people believing her lies, but I know the truth, and that’s why I will never read the book. No point.

On page 105 of her book, Rubio quotes Staley as saying, “When I’m working on something, you know, I don’t like disturbances of any kind. Lizzy never bothers me with stupid things like this …(laughs!), I’m still wondering why she feels that you are a good person and that you will not try to find dirt to print. (Laughs) I must admit that I was very disappointed with all this; you know the book thing…… I’m still thinking that you should write a book about yourself! The media is the worst thing I ever experienced. Why do they persist on filling the papers with distorted things? If I didn’t say a word in years… why don’t they leave me alone? I just had enough with them. They should burn in hell. As far as you…… mmmm we’ll see… (laughs) I won’t read your book… …my mother and sister will do for sure.”

Based on Coats’ statement, it appears that she relayed Staley’s message on to Rubio, who promptly included it in her manuscript in the first person to make it appear as if he had said it to her directly.

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  2. Jim says:

    American people don’t say “will do.” Proof positive she fabricated the quotes

  3. Rick says:

    I want to write a book on layne and every penny will go to help people with drug addiction. She probably wrote this just to make money. Getting rich off of layne how sick. I am always reading and trying to find the truth I would have to say layne was the most talented person no lie this is not an opinion

  4. Laura C. Geddie says:

    I love Layne. This woman, this “interviewer,” is a sick fuck. I wish I could slap her in her face.

    P.S. – Liz, I think you were (and still are) a great sister to Layne. You are a very special lady; I hope you know that. ❤

  5. Amber says:

    Thank u 4 working so hard 2 spread the truth about Layne. unfortunately i bought this book bc its all there was (as well as brandons book). i look forward 2 any new info from u. hope ur book comes soon

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  7. David says:

    Here’s the announcement for the Alice in Chains biography I’ve been working on…

  8. David says:

    Thank you all for your comments. Some news to report: My Alice in Chains biography is D O N E! Read the details and release date here…

  9. I always had suspicions about this book. Thank you for the research you’ve done, you’ve finally settled my thoughts on just how true this is. Or in this case, isn’t. Some of the stuff she says directly contradicts other things she has said. Although, I am quite curious… How did you get to talk to Liz? Did you find her e-mail or something?

  10. Michael says:

    I hope this new book has a Spanish translation greetings from colombia

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