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Singer Scott Weiland, the frontman to Stone Temple Pilots, has passed away at age 48.
The news was sadly confirmed today on the musician’s Facebook page, with the message “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. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
According to police reports, officers in Bloomington, Minnesota responded to a call about an unresponsive male and found Weiland dead inside a motor vehicle parked in front of a hotel.
Weiland founded 90s alternative group Stone Temple Pilots alongside Robert and Dean DeLeo in 1990, with the band releasing their debut album Core in 1993. The group went on to release two more albums and win a Grammy for their song Plush before inner-turmoil, many of it related to substance abuse issues, led to extended hiatuses.
After STP broke up in 2002, Weiland founded supergroup Velvet Revolver, which included Slash and Duff McKagan. The band released two albums before breaking up, a move that led to the reunion of Stone Temple Pilots.
Sadly, the 2011 reunion was short-lived and the original three band members were in court by 2013, suing one another over the rights to perform with the name Stone Temple Pilots on their own. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington replaced Weiland as lead vocalist, while Scott went on to form his new group, The Wildabouts.
Weiland suffered from substance abuse for years, with his first arrest coming in 1995 when he tried to buy crack cocaine.
Many musicians in the rock community have already taken to social media to express their condolences, including Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro and Perry Farrell, Billy Talent’s Ben Kowalewicz, Juliette Lewis, Judd Apatow, and Alice Cooper.
Its not my loss, its our loss. Send your thoughts toward the family! https://t.co/Ojv1QYABmg
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 4, 2015
— Perry Farrell (@perryfarrell) December 4, 2015
Really sad to hear about Scott Weiland. He was a great frontman and performer. Love to to his band mates and family. Lost another legend.
— Ben Kowalewicz (@BenKowalewiczBT) 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
I saw Scott Weiland perform many times and those were some of my favorite concerts of all time. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 4, 2015
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) December 4, 2015
Weiland leaves behind two children with his second wife Mary Forsberg and his wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel.