Scott Weiland, former lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, Art of Anarchy, and Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, has sadly passed away in his sleep on his tour bus in Minnesota. He was 48 years old.

According to TMZ, he was found unconscious and unresponsive on The Wildabouts tour bus on Thursday night around 9PM just before the band was to play at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota.

A post on his official facebook page states:

“Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolvers, passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while…

Posted by Scott Weiland on Thursday, December 3, 2015

 

Weiland had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. He was arrested in 1995 for attempting to buy crack cocaine before being arrested again in 1997 for heroin possession. In 1999, the singer was ordered to spend a year in a county-jail recovery center due to a probation violation. He entered rehab yet again following a DUI arrest in November 2007.

Stone Temple Pilots fired Weiland in February 2013 after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, and before that from 1997 to 1999, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol. Weiland had a short stint in Bumblefoot’s band Art of Anarchy as well as his own outfit Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts while STP recruited a new front man, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, and released one critically acclaimed EP, “High Rise”.

Speaking to a Canadian reporter last year, Weiland denied that his drug use was still a major factor as he continued to tour with The Wildabouts. “Past demons are past demons; that’s stuff that I dealt with 14 years ago,” he said.

“I mean, I guess Keith Richards gets asked about [his past drug use], so why shouldn’t I? But it’s not something that I think about, ever. Those days of my dope abuse, and use, are long since by me.”

Weiland was harshly criticized following several performances on his tour this year, with one review calling his performance “sluggish” and another stating flat-out that the vocalist “appears to have crashed and burned. Badly.

Weiland is survived by two children, Noah (born 2000) and Lucy (born 2002), whom he had with his ex-wife Mary Forsberg, and his current wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel, whom he married June 22, 2013, at their Los Angeles home. Weiland’s younger brother Michael died of cardiomyopathy in 2007.

Here is his last interview before his passing on Canada’s “The Todd Shapiro Show”. It shows him giving a lot of short, blunt answers and incoherent responses.

Promotional poster from December 3rd show in Minnesota.

Promotional poster from December 3rd show in Minnesota.

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