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Today’s the day: your birthday. Layne, you’d be 50 if you were still here. Your band, they’re still together. Your best friend Mike, he’s gone. He’s been gone for 6 years. And Chris, and Scott. They’re all gone. There have been numerous songs written about you. Eddie wrote a song about you. I’m listening to it now. It’s beautiful. He misses you. They all miss you. All of your fans miss you. I miss you, so much. I grew up listening to your voice, on every car ride to Nebraska we took. The Dirt album was the soundtrack of my childhood. I remember asking my mom if we could go see you in concert some time. This was before I knew. You left 2 months after I was born. I would have never gotten the chance. I hope you’re having a great time, rocking out with the greatest. I love you. Happy Birthday, Layne. ❤

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Happy 50th Birthday to Mr. Layne Staley! Thank you for all that you did, all the lives you touched, and all the love you gave. The more I learn about you, the more I love you and I wish I would’ve gotten the chance to meet you. Thank you for your songs and kind words of wisdom. I hope that you’re with Kurt, Chris, Scott, Mike, and Andrew resting easy. I also hope that your soul has finally found the peace that it couldn’t find here. You are greatly missed, loved, and appreciated.