Ex-Stone Temple Pilots Singer Scott Weiland Found Dead
Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was found dead Thursday night (Dec 3) on his tour bus in Minnesota. He was 48 years old.
A source close to the band The Wildabouts told TMZ Scott was was discovered unresponsive on their bus Thursday night around 9 p.m. — shortly before the group was to go on stage at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina.
Weiland’s wife, Jamie Weiland, confirmed his death to the LA Times, saying, “I can’t deal with this right now… it’s true.” Weiland’s manager, Tom Vitorino, also confirmed that the singer died Thursday. He said he learned of Weiland’s death from his tour manager.
Police audio recordings related to Scott Weiland’s death have been posted on the MNPoliceClips.com web site.
Weiland had a history of drug abuse. He was arrested in 1995 for attempting to buy crack cocaine before being arrested again two years later for heroin possession. In 1999, the singer was ordered to spend a year in a county-jail recovery center due to a probation violation. He also entered rehab following a DUI arrest in November 2007.
STP fired Weiland in February 2013 after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.
Weiland was harshly criticized following several performances on his recent tour, with one review calling his performance “sluggish” and another stating flat-out that the vocalist “appears to have crashed and burned. Badly.”
Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts were on the road promoting their new album, “Blaster”, which came out on March 31.
Weiland is survived by two children, Noah and Lucy, whom he had with his ex-wife Mary Forsberg, and his current wife Jamie, whom he married in 2013.
The music industry took to Twitter to express their feelings:
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