Legendary rock singer Scott Weiland, founding vocalist of Stone Temple Pilots, and later, the band Velvet Revolver, passed away on Thursday in Bloomington, Minnesota. He was 48 years old.
His death was confirmed by his manager, Tom Vitorino. A statement was posted to Weiland’s Facebook and Instagram pages, stating that the singer had died in his sleep whilst on a tour stop with his current band, The Wildabouts. The band had been scheduled to perform on Thursday night in Medina, Minnesota, at the Medina Entertainment Center.
Though the police said that they had found a “small quantity” of cocaine during a search of the band’s tour bus, a cause of death has not yet been determined, as of late Friday.
Weiland’s legacy lives on through his family, friends, and countless fans, including many in the music industry who took to social media to comment on what a shock his death was.
Stone Temple Pilots was formed by Weiland, along with brother Dean and Robert DeLeo on guitar and bass, and drummer Eric Kretz in the late 1980s in California.
Despite their initial dismissal, the band found a large fan base, and was later signed to Atlantic Records in 1992 by Nirvana’s former manager, Danny Goldberg. Their first studio album, Core, was dropped in September of 1992, with their sophomore release, Purple, following two years later. Together, the two records sold 14 million copies in the US, with the single “Plush,” earning a Grammy for best hard rock performance in 1994.
STP released three more albums prior to going on hiatus in 2001 before reuniting and releasing a self-titled album in 2010. Three years later, the band parted ways with Weiland, posting a brief statement on their website, announcing his “official termination.”
Weiland struggled with a drug addiction, who admitted his given diagnosis of bipolar disorder. After multiple stints in rehab, and two solo albums, Weiland found success in the super group Velvet Revolver. The band, comprised of three former members of Guns N’ Roses — Slash, Duff McKagan, and Matt Sorum–, guitarist Dave Kushner, and Weiland, hit the No. 1 on the Billboard album chart for their debut, Contraband. Their single “Slither” also received a Grammy for best hard rock performance in 2005.
In 2008, Weiland’s time with Velvet Revolver ended, with the band citing his “increasingly erratic onstage behavior and personal problems” were partly to blame.
Despite this, Weiland is still held in high regards amongst musicians and industry professionals alike. The entertainment industry joins the world in mourning the loss of a wonderful, creative mind.
Earlier today, Stone Temple Pilots released a statement of their own, a letter to Scott. Check it out below:
Planet Stereo would like to give its condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Scott Weiland. Our thoughts are with them. RIP Scott.
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