He eventually left Paramour to get psychological help, and stayed with close friend and band lawyer Stacy Fass, who he said "saved my life".

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During the writing and recording of The Black Parade at the allegedly haunted Paramour Mansion, Way suffered severely as a result of depression, alcoholism, and the atmosphere at the Mansion. : "that house had just excavated everything in my head and made everything a million times worse[...] I was really close [to suicide].

I know that I was going to leave the band or maybe just leave planet Earth altogether".

Based on Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", his story starred Batman and Scarecrow in a role reversal as the Headless Horseman and Ichabod Crane respectively.........

Way's favorite band is Anthrax, and can often be seen wearing his signature Anthrax shirt.

And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.

Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure. In 2008, during My Chemical Romance's break after touring The Black Parade, Way penned an eight-page story that appeared in DC Comics' special "Halloween '08" book, and featured art by Mateus Santoluoco.

Way's trademark was his glasses, but all that changed in May of 2006 to correct his near-sightedness, Way got Lasik eye surgery; he no longer wears glasses.

As quoted from Way's myspace page: "At the young age of 9 years, Michael James Way was struck with the affliction known as nearsightedness.

Despite his lack of experience and musical training, Way became important in the band's early development, not least of which was coming up with a name for the band.

He had taken up a job stacking shelves at a branch of Barnes & Noble, and noticed Irvine Welsh's novel Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance lying on the ground.

Encouraged by Eyeball Records founder Alex Saavedra, Way dropped out of college in order to learn bass guitar and join his brother.