Sad news today. Scott Weiland, the former frontman for rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died, his Facebook page confirmed Friday (Dec. 4).
“Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts,” a post on Weiland’s Facebook page reads. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
The 48 year old singer has long suffered from substance abuse.
The news was first reported when Dave Navarro, Jane’s Addiction guitarist, tweeted “Our friend Scott Weiland has died.” at 9:01 p.m. PTon Thursday night. He later deleted the tweet.
TMZ reports that Weiland was on tour with his latest band Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts. They were scheduled to play the Medina Ballroom, but the show was cancelled. A source told the website that Weiland was found on the bus around 9 pm PT Thursday night.
Stone Temple Pilots released albums in the 90’s grunge and post-grunge era to huge commercial success. They had big radio hits with songs such as “Big Empty,” “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song.”
In 2002, Weiland joined former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form Velvet Revolver. They released two albums with Weiland on lead vocals that sold more than 2 million copies.
The aughts were marked by struggles with substance abuse that included crack cocaine use and DUIs. Here’s a musician that inspired many that came after him. RIP Scott Weiland.
Via Billboard, TMZ