Scott Weiland, who fronted the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, died on Thursday at 48, his wife Jamie Weiland confirmed to the L.A. Times.
A post on the musician’s Facebook page said Weiland “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota” and asked that his privacy be respected.
Weiland was in Bloomington, Minnesota, on tour with his band Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. The group was scheduled to tour during December, making stops in Dallas, Houston, Napa and several other cities.
In the 1980s, Weiland joined guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz to form the alt-rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Its 1992 debut album, “Core,” hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 8 million albums in the U.S. The group’s second album “Purple,” released in 1994, spawned the lasting hits “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song.”
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Weiland struggled with opiate addiction; he was arrested in 1995 for crack and heroin possession. In 1998, the singer was charged with a felony heroin possession. This contributed to Stone Temple Pilot’s problems, he wrote in “Not Dead & Not For Sale,” a memoir he released in 2011.
“We were written off as the band of disastrous dysfunction with too many personal problems to survive,” he wrote. “Or rather, I was written off as the guy whose hopeless addictions had – and would always – ruin everything for everyone.”
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Stone Temple Pilots went on to release four more full-length albums and sell 13.5 million albums in the U.S., but went on hiatus in 2001 and eventually broke up in 2003.
Meanwhile, ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, on guitar, Duff McKagan, on bass, and Matt Sorum, on drums, were looking for a new frontman to help them lead a new project, hard rock supergroup Velvet Revolver. Scott Weiland joined the group as its frontman in 2003 and along with second guitarist Dave Kushner, the group released its first full-length album, “Contraband” in 2004. Weiland went on to record a second album with Velvet Revolver, “Libertad,” before his departure in 2008.
Stone Temple Pilots, though, returned in 2008 with Weiland as its frontman again. The reunited band released another album together before they fired Weiland in 2013.
Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction, Slash and other rock musicians reacted to the news on Twitter.
Its not my loss, its our loss. Send your thoughts toward the family! https://t.co/Ojv1QYABmg
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 4, 2015
Sad day. RIP Scott Weiland https://t.co/qPeUMpKxMd
— Slash (@Slash) December 4, 2015
In a 1998 interview with the Los Angeles Times surrounding the release of his first solo album “12 Bar Blues,” Weiland described how he came to terms with his success.
“I used to feel guilty about my success, but I’m over that now. It’s like, hey, some people cook for a living and some people milk cows. I write songs,” he said.
Justin Scuiletti contributed to this report.