Former Stone Temple Pilots Singer Scott Weiland Passes Away At 48

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Scott Weiland, best known as the singer and frontman of influential rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died at the age of 48. His manager has confirmed the devastating news, saying that all the details of Weiland’s death will be released in the days to come.

Weiland apparently passed away in his sleep on his new band’s tour bus. He was touring America with The Wildabouts and the band were in Bloomington, Minnesota when they found him dead, according to TMZ. The Wildabouts were scheduled to play at the Medina Entertainment Center in Minnesota Thursday night.

Dave Navarro, the guitarist of Jane’s Addiction, shared the news of Weiland’s death in a tweet that has since been deleted, saying, “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died,” he wrote. “So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.”

Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner followed with a short tweet, writing only, “RIP Scott Weiland.”

Weiland reached stardom with the Stone Temple Pilots, whose most famous songs include hits such as Creep, Big Empty, Vasoline and Interstate Love Song. The band fired Weiland in 2013, after regrouping in 2008 following a 6-year break, replacing him with Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington.

vr-fallHe also fronted Velvet Revolver and released two albums with them, earning them two gold-selling singles, Slither and Fall to Pieces. Moreover, Weiland released four solo albums and recently started working with the Wildabouts.

Unfortunately, he was also fighting drug addiction throughout most of his adult life. CNN reports that Weiland was convicted of buying cocaine in 1995 and two DUIs in 2003 and 2007.  However, he told Blabbermouth this year that he changed his ways and that he ‘hasn’t had a needle in my arm in thirteen years.’

Here’s what he said:

“Overcoming my addiction to heroin was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and I’m damn proud of the fact that the time in my life when drugs were stronger than my commitment to my health is so far behind me, and always will be.”

Weiland left two children behind, Noah and Lucy, whom he parented with his ex-wife Mary Forsberg and current wife Jamie Wachtel. Wachtel and Weiland got married in 2013 after dating for two years.

Rest in peace, Scott. Your will never be forgotten.

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