According to TMZ, Scott Weiland (ex-Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver) has tragically passed away at the age of 48. The singer was found dead on his tour bus in Medina, Minnesota, before his band, The Wildabouts, were scheduled to take the stage at the Medina Entertainment Center tonight (December 3). R.I.P.
UPDATE: Rolling Stone has since reported that cocaine was found on the bus, and that Wildabouts bassist Tommy Black has been arrested for possession. As of right now, his death has reportedly been caused by cardiac arrest. It is unknown if drugs were involved, but considering his past substance abuse issues, and what TMZ has been told about his recent drug usage, it is a likely assumption. On another note, you can see footage from his final performance, as well as statements from Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver below:
Stone Temple Pilots said the following:
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“
Velvet Revolver also commented:
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of our old friend and bandmate, Scott Weiland. We experienced a good chunk of life with Scott, and even in his darkest times, we all had hope and love for him. His artistry will live on, of that there is no doubt.
Deepest condolences and sadness are for his children, Noah and Lucy.
We all travelled around this world together on tour; our band, wives, and kids… and we grew to a big family that still remains to this day. It’s just so sad and brutal from any perspective.
Rest in peace, Scott.”