Sadly, it’s the confirmation we didn’t want to see.
Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has died at the age of 48.
A statement on his official Facebook page reads:
“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.”
Weiland was on tour with his band The Wildabouts, who also lost guitarist Jeremy Brown earlier this year.
Whilst a cause of death is not known, Weiland had a well-documented history of drug abuse, as written about in a 1997 cover story that appeared in Rolling Stone:
“On Dec. 30, on his own volition, Weiland — a recent alumnus of the Impact Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, in Pasadena, Calif. — checked into an undisclosed rehabilitation facility. By his own count, Weiland had already been in and out of drug-rehab programs 13 times in the last three years.”
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Weiland leaves behind two teenage children, Noah and Lucy. Our thoughts are with them and the rest of his family, friends, and band mates.