Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has died.
The news was confirmed via Weiland’s Facebook page this morning (December 4) though a cause of death is yet to be determined.
“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,” the Facebook post reads. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
The Police Department in Bloomington, Minnesota issued a statement overnight which reads: “On Dec. 3rd at 8:22 p.m., officers responded to a report of an unresponsive adult male in a recreational motor vehicle located in the 2200 block of Killebrew Drive. “Officers arrived and determined the adult male was deceased.”
The local Sheriff’s Office and Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating the death.
Stone Temple Pilot’s debut album ‘Core’ was released in 1993 and its follow up, ‘Purple’, came out the following year. The band sold 13.5m records in the US alone throughout their career but fighting within the band led to them splitting with Weiland for good in 2013. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington was the band’s most recent lead singer.
In 2002, Weiland joined former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum in supergroup Velvet Revolver. They released two albums together.
Weiland had a long battle with substance and earlier this year was forced to apologise for his actions at a meet-and-greet event with fans. The ex-Velvet Revolver singer said he was “embarrassed” after telling one fan “let’s suck a dick!”
In 1995, Weiland was convicted of buying crack cocaine and sentenced to probation while he was reportedly admitted to rehab in 2007 for heroin addiction.
Weiland is the second member of The Wildabouts to die in 2015. Guitarist Jeremy Brown passed away the day before the band’s debut album was released in March.