Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan proclaimed Thursday (August 22nd) as “Layne Staley Day” in the Washington city, in honor of what would have been the late Alice In Chains frontman’s 52nd birthday. The day is also meant to draw attention to the Layne Staley Memorial Fund, which was established by Layne’s parents in 2002. The organization strives to provide “hope, education, support and treatment funds for heroin recovery in the Seattle music community.” The mayor’s proclamation read, “We support our residents who struggle with substance use disorder, and commend Layne Staley Memorial Fund for providing hope, education, support and treatment funds for heroin recovery in the Seattle community. The city of Seattle celebrates Layne’s artistry and the promotion of the arts in Seattle as we work toward a more vibrant, healthy and safe city.” Staley’s well-publicized battles with drug addiction brought Alice In Chains’ career to a virtual standstill in 1996, with his death seemingly putting an end to the band as well.