Former Stone Temple Pilots Frontman Scott Weiland Found Dead On Tour Bus
As if the music industry hasn’t mourned enough of late, former Stone Temple Pilots lead singer and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has passed away at the age of 48.
According to reports, the ’90s icon was discovered dead in his tour bus only hours ago, having passed in his sleep. He was in the midst of a tour in Bloomington, Minnesota with his band The Wildabouts, who were scheduled to perform multiple dates throughout December.
Along the span of 30 great years, Weiland embarked on a myriad of incredibly successful musical projects, leaving behind a legacy that we can safely say will not be forgotten anytime soon. Most notable of this was his cumulative 11 years with Stone Temple Pilots, with whom he released six studio albums including their #1 charting debut, Core.
The singer-songwriter also formed Velvet Revolver in 2002 with fellow rock legendaries Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum and Dave Kushner, who released two studio albums. In addition, he fronted his own solo project – the aforementioned Wildabouts – and was recruited as the vocalist for Art Of Anarchy‘s debut LP, which is yet to be released.
Weiland has long suffered from substance abuse throughout his career – it is unknown at this time whether that played a role in his death.
A statement posted on Weiland’s official Facebook page confirmed the tragic news a few hours ago:
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.
With tributes beginning to flood in for the late singer, our thoughts go out to the family and friends he leaves behind.
Sadly our production manager who worked for STP for a long time just confirmed …. So sad.
— Zach Myers (@ZMyersOfficial) December 4, 2015
RIP Scott Weiland. Thoughts and condolences to his family, friends and listeners. Sending love and light — Brandon Boyd (@mybrandonboyd) December 4, 2015
R.I.P. Scott Weiland… Such a shame…
— Finch (@OfficialFinch) December 4, 2015
RIP SCOTT Weiland. A legend…to the end. Deepest sympathies go to his family and the DeLeo Bros. — Lzzy Hale (@LZZYHALE) December 4, 2015
R.I.P. Scott Weiland
— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) December 4, 2015
— Travis Barker (@travisbarker) December 4, 2015
Just walked off stage heard about #scottweiland So sad. Such a great artist
— Tommy Rogers (@tommybtbam) December 4, 2015
Our condolences to the family, friends & fans of #ScottWeiland. May he rest in peace.
— Filter (@OfficialFilter) December 4, 2015
— Living Colour (@LivingColour) December 4, 2015
Deeply saddened to hear about the loss of #scottweiland my thoughts are with his family. 😔✌️
— Jack Osbourne (@JackOsbourne) December 4, 2015
Very sorry to hear about Scott Weiland. He was a captivating frontman who had a gift for writing great melodies. RIP
— Myles Kennedy (@MylesKennedy) December 4, 2015
— Alice Cooper (@RealAliceCooper) December 4, 2015
— Taylor Momsen (@taylormomsen) December 4, 2015
RIP Scott Weiland Universe, please take care of him. https://t.co/sNXVIPl2jA
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) December 4, 2015