Demri and Xana La Fuente

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Demri Love Xana
Demri just being her free dorky fun self… adorable Demri! Pictures by Cat Evangeline 

Xana and Demri - by Jack Plasky

Demri and Xana

Xana and Demri – by Jack Plasky

Beautiful Xana La Fuente taking a bath in Demri and Layne’s bathtub.. I totally remember this shower curtain. Pictures by Cat Evangeline

Xana was Andrew Wood’s girlfriend & Muse (Andrew Wood was the singer of Mother Love Bone, was an amazing, talented and gifted artist who was taken from us too young and from heroin addiction as well).

I personally LOVED Mother Love Bone.. they were one of my all time favorite Seattle bands and in general.  I was not lucky enough to actually meet Xana and Andrew but I heard a lot about them both from friends and from Demri. Andrew passed away before I moved to Seattle he died in 1990 and I moved there in 1992.

One of my favorite Mother Love Bone Songs that makes me think of Xana..because he says her name in the song. I really wish Layne would of added Dem’s name to one of his songs but we all knew he was singing about her. 

Quoted Article:

LAMENT FOR A STAR CHILD
BY LONN M. FRIEND
1991

Seattle’s 1st Street is alive with people and music tonight. Just a short block or two stroll down this quaint, but bustling down
town drag, and you’re overcome by the sights, sounds and smells of this mini-San Francisco’s inner-pop-culture consciousness. From one club a drum machine strain blares, from another the divine whine of a jazz saxophone. But the beat that bellows biggest on 1st Street comes from the Central Tavern, the rock hangout in Seattle. Tonight, Mother Love Bone’s bassist Jeff Ament is jamming with his local unsigned band, War Babies. Members of Alice In Chains, Queensryche and Metal Church chat with their buds out in front; there’s a scraggly looking fellow selling hot dogs out of a trashcan lid; and leaning up against the brownstone building wall of the venue, surrounded by friends and hangers, is a tall, slender, curiously attractive girl with deep brown eyes and a lilting, yet firm demeanor. She smiles reservedly at those who share a moment of idle chatter, but you can’t help but notice that she looks…lonely.

When Mother Love Bone’s enigmatic and gifted vocalist died suddenly March 1990, Xana La Fuente was wearing his engagement ring. She’d spent the past four years connected to him physically, emotionally, spiritually and musically. In tragic irony, she was the one to discover his overdosed body.

“He was dead when I found him, and I didn’t really realize it,” she remembers. “I flipped him over and was shaking him. I looked at his arm and dialed 911 . They told me to get him on his back and give him CPR. When they arrived, they pronounced him dead, made me sign this paper, and then told me to go to the hospital. When I got to the hospital, Andy was alive. He was alive for three days.

“He had an aneurysm in his brain that would have caused him to have a stroke eventually; so he did the drugs and probably had a stroke a few hours later, which knocked him out. They got his heart going again at the hospital, but his brain had swelled up from not breathing. They told me he could get worse, which he did. We had a meeting with the doctors on that Monday, and they said Andy’s brain was dying, and it wasn’t going to get any better. We had three hours to say goodbye to him.

“His whole family was at the hospital, like 20 people. They all went in and saw him. Then all of his friends went in and saw him. Then I went in had cut his hair off and kept it. I played some Queen for him-they were his favorite band. The doctors turned everything off, and I just held him really tight and listened to his heart .until it stopped. It took like 15 minutes.
God, it’s so wild. I can’t believe I went through that. When I think about it all, it freaks me out.”

Their relationship is reflected in the songs on Apple. “Crown of Thorns” was written about a nasty. breakup between Andy and Xana over his on and-off-again dabbling in heroin and alcohol. “This song is about a relationship ruined by drugs,” she explains. “He wrote it about our near breakup, and how I tried to control him and the drugs-hence his allusion to being tied to the ceiling.” According to Xana, “Andy was always ashamed of his addictions, choosing to lose himself in his music and poetry, bathing himself in concepts of real love and acceptance. `Stardog Champion‘ was one of his `anthem for survival’ songs. It was an up time, and he really felt he was beating it. He had a choir, children from the San Francisco area (made up of foster and abused children), come in and sing backing vocals on this song.
“They were recording Apple, and he called me,” she recalls. “He said to me, ‘Xana, I know I need help when I get home. I know I need help, and you have to help me. I want you to help me.’ “
“Stargazer, you call the shots/ stargazer, won’t you kick with me.

No one knew Andy Wood like Xana did. She had helped him time and again struggle with his drug addiction. Amazingly, Andy had been clean 116 days prior to his overdose. Those around the Seattle drug scene claim that, on the weekend of Andy’s death, three other individuals OD’d on the same bad heroin he had shot. They survived, and Andy didn’t, it is surmised, because on that particular day, Andy was alone. The others weren’t. There was no one there to help him this time-not even Xana.

andrew wood xana la fuente

There are numerous questions surrounding Andy Wood’s death, but they’re not worth elaborating. The most important fact remains that rock ‘n’ roll has lost a wonderful artist whose talent was never allowed to flourish. For those of us who didn’t know Andy, we have but his one and only offering. Xana insists that Mother Love Bone will not continue without its founder, singer and inspirational leader. A dear Friend of Andy’s and a central figure in the Seattle music scene, Soundgarden’s manager Susan Silver, believes that Andy and Love Bone were destined for huge success. “No one will ever know what incredible talent was really there.

But Apple was not the culmination of Andy’s musical legacy. “I have a box full of all his solo stuff,” Xana says proudly. “It’s mine. Hardly anybody else has copies of it. There’s stuff there that the band has never even heard. It’s really cool and weird, ’cause he wrote so much religious stuff in the weeks prior to his death. All these songs about heaven and dying. I loved him so much.”

Andrew Wood and Xana la Fuente







  1. Pigford06-05-16

    I make it a point to not dwell on the past (though I never forget or act is if some things never happen) but as time goes by ….way too fast these days…I really do miss the early 90’s & not because I was in my early 20’s but because the world seemed like such a cooler place ….I mean most young people these days don’t even listen to Rock&Roll…I guess I’m just a old fart now….damn young whippersnappers!!!

  2. cat01-05-16

    Uhm ur all a bunch of selfish people pictures! Xana what she went through a widow what its like to be forced to have to stop loving someone… Through death.n demri n layne fighting over pictures

  3. With Love From England10-16-15

    I was always a huge Layne fan but I’m just discovering Andy and MLB at the present time . Incredible talent and magnetic charisma just like Layne and taken far too young like Layne also . R.I.P guys , Mike Starr, Demi and all who fell in the greatest era of music . God bless .

  4. TEINA06-22-15

    I MISSS you, Demri <3 I love you. I miss your smile, your face, your voice, your personality, your presence. Everything. R.I.P, sweet girl.

  5. rami09-26-14

    I understand wanting credit for photos but why personal private info about this lady sex life got to be put out!?

  6. Crystal03-19-14

    Xana is not dead. Check out her blog – http://www.xanaland.com/ and her Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/xanalafuente?fref=ts

    “Xana was Andrew Wood’s girlfriend & Muse (Andrew Wood was the singer of Mother Love Bone, was an amazing, talented and gifted artist who was taken from us too young and from heroin addiction as well).”

    I am so happy I found this page. Thank you. :)

    • Crystal03-19-14

      My apologies. I think I may have misunderstood. The quoted statement is regarding Andy, not Xana.

      I recently updated Andy’s wiki page because it said that Xana had passed on there.

  7. cat evangeline01-07-14

    i took those pictures of Demri – how come you don’t mention me, the photographer, who Demri made love to all night after i took those pictures. Also, the one of Xana in the bathtub i took = i had just sold her what we called X , now called E – Xana i love you, but I exist!! the picture were taken by me, in my BEDROOM – AND SWEET DEMRI ENGAGED TO LAYNE AT THE TIME – was merely helping me recover from being dumped by my Italiano boyfriend claudio – yes of course Demri loves you and so do i = but you jacked by pictures !! xo, cat

    • Barbara01-08-14

      Sorry Cat I did not know.. I will for sure give you credit no problem. Thanx for sharing them online..wherever you did… I forget where I found them because it’s been years now but you for sure deserve credit. I will update the page. I’ve talked to you before about that night. :) :)

    • Ricki03-28-14

      Great story, sounds crazily interesting. Was Layne there? Sorry if I’m late to the party, I often revisit articles and the comments keep updating (I like that).

      I’d love to hear more stories about how Layne was behind closed doors. I hear a lot of stories, but never always believe them.

  8. CHAD05-15-13

    THE NEW MOVIE WELL ITS NEW 2 ME JUST GOT~ MALFUNKSHUN~…THE-LIFE-STORY-OF-ANDREW-WOOD-HAD BEEN A-LONG-TIME-WAITING-~!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN NOW GET THE MOVIE ON I TUNES~~IT-WAS-VERY-NICE- TO-C- AND KNOW – THING”Z I – DID’NOT NO~LOVE-ROCK AWAIT’Z-U-PEOPLE=LATER-ON= *((( -C.GREEN- )))

  9. CHAD05-15-13

    COOL,COOL,COOL, ALWAY’S WILL REMEMBER ALL THOSE THAT HAVE PAST AND WAY 2 SOON!!!!)))

  10. tanja04-04-13

    Andrew is my No.1 singer for ever…
    “Crown of Thorns” is my No.1 song until the end of the World

  11. Hefe'01-16-13

    Mike – Demri – Layne – Some others . . .

    Required learning.
    Thank You

    With Love,
    Hefe’

    State of Jefferson
    Grants Pass

  12. Miss Zappa11-07-12

    This is a amazing site..I just discovered it and am so happy!

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