Scott Weiland — the former lead singer of rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver — was found dead in his tour bus late Thursday in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was 48.
"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," reads a post on Weiland's official Facebook page. "At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected."
At 8:22 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a report of an unresponsive adult male in a vehicle at the 2200 block of Killebrew Drive, according to a statement released late Thursday by the Bloomington Police Department. “Officers arrived and determined the adult male was deceased," reads the statement, which does not identify the deceased. No cause of death was immediately given.
Weiland's wife, Jamie Weiland, confirmed his death to the Los Angeles Times. "I can't deal with this right now," she said, sobbing. "It's true."
Weiland and his band were scheduled to perform Thursday at the Medina Entertainment Center, but the concert was canceled due to low ticket sales, the Star Tribune reports.
Formed in 1989 in San Diego, California, Stone Temple Pilots scored several hit songs in the '90s, including "Big Empty," "Vasoline," "Interstate Love Song," and "Plush," the latter of which won the 1994 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. The alt-rock band, never a favorite of rock critics, sold 13.5 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan. STP broke up in 2002, reunited in 2008, and have continued on without Weiland since his firing in 2013.
In 2002, Weiland, known for his low-register, radio-rock growl, joined the hard-rock supergroup Velvet Revolver, featuring members from Guns N' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum, plus Dave Kushner of Wasted Youth. That ground disbanded in 2008 after releasing two albums.
Weiland had a long history of issues with drugs and alcohol. He was convicted of buying crack cocaine in 1995, CNN reports, a DUI in 2003, and another DUI four years later. He entered drug rehab programs multiple times throughout his life.
In his 2011 memoir, Not Dead & Not For Sale, Weiland wrote the following of his first experience with hard drugs: "The opiate took me to where I’d always dreamed of going. I can’t name the place, but I can say that I was undisturbed and unafraid, a free-floating man in a space without demons and doubts.”
Weiland had two children with his former wife, Mary Forsberg.
This page will be updated with Twitter reactions to Weiland's death.
UPDATE (2:45 p.m. Dec. 4): But first, here's a statement released this afternoon by his Stone Temple Pilots bandmates — Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo, and Eric Kretz.
Let us start by saying thank you for sharing your life with us.
Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness and great memories.
The memories are many, and they run deep for us.
We know amidst the good and the bad you struggled, time and time again.
It’s what made you who you were.
You were gifted beyond words, Scott.
Part of that gift was part of your curse.
With deep sorrow for you and your family, we are saddened to see you go.
All of our love and respect.
We will miss you brother,
Robert, Eric, Dean
I am so sad at the loss of my friend who reached out through To me here the other day. Addiction sucks. It breaks my heart- love you Scott W
Its not my loss, its our loss. Send your thoughts toward the family! https://t.co/Ojv1QYABmg— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 4, 2015
RIP Scott Weiland— Dave Kushner (@davekushner66) December 4, 2015
Really sorry to hear about Scott Weiland.— Krist Novoselić (@KristNovoselic) December 4, 2015
Sad to hear about Scott Weiland passing. He was a once of a kind epic force onstage. thoughts are w his family #RIPScottWeiland— Juliette Lewis (@JulietteLewis) December 4, 2015
Extremely saddened to have read Scott Weiland passed. Such a gifted performer. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans.— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) December 4, 2015
RIP Scott Weiland Universe, please take care of him. https://t.co/sNXVIPl2jA— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) December 4, 2015
we opened for @STPBand in 2000. I watched them side stage & Scott Weiland destroyed me, he was the real thing. Seeing him changed me 4 ever— wheatus (@wheatus) December 4, 2015