Former Stone Temple Pilots Lead Singer Scott Weiland Dies at 48

Former Stone Temple Pilots Lead Singer Scott Weiland Dies at 48

Scott Weiland, best known for being the former frontman of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died, his manager Tom Vitorino confirmed.

Weiland was 48.

The night of his death, the singer had been scheduled to perform in Minnesota his new band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts.

Police in Bloomington, Minnesota released this statement, “On December 3rd, 2015, at 8:22 pm, Bloomington Police Officers responded a hotel in the 2200 block of Killebrew Drive on a report of an unresponsive adult male in a recreational motor vehicle. Officers arrived and determined the adult male was deceased. Identification of the deceased adult male is being withheld pending further investigation. Additional details regarding identity will be provided by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office at a later time.”

Weiland, who was famous for his flashy on-stage performances, formed Stone Temple Pilots with friends more than two decades ago, and they released their first album, “Core,” in 1992.

A few years later, however, he was forced to take a hiatus from the band as he battled drug addiction and legal problems. In 2003, Weiland joined Velvet Revolver, though he left that band in 2008 in the midst of more personal issues.

“I’m still on the verge all the time,” he told USA Today in 2011 of his struggle with substance abuse. “I swore, of course, never to go back to heroin, but I never thought that alcohol would be the real nightmare that it actually is. And it’s legal.”

The father of two children with his ex-wife, Mary Forsberg, Weiland married photographer Jamie Wachtel Weiland, in 2013.

“She’s the greatest thing that’s happened to me in a long, long time,” he once told Rolling Stone he said of his spouse.

Earlier this year, Weiland released his first album, “Blaster,” with The Wildabouts. He wrote on Facebook that the band’s tour in support of the album would be “a rebirth.”

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