We are saddened to announce the passing of Scott Weiland. The former frontman for rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver was confirmed dead early this morning on his Facebook page at the age of 48. Beyond “passing away in his sleep”, no official statements have been released on the cause of his death, however, it is publicly known that he has suffered long substance abuse issues.
Weiland met huge commercial success in the 1990s when he and his brothers Robert and Deal DeLeo formed the band Stone Temple Pilots, which almost immediately hit Billboard’s top charts. The tragedy of success eventually struck and the band dismembered in a streak of hiatuses just a few years after reaching the climactic point of their reputation. The band continued a few years later, though without Weiland as their frontman. After the millennium, Scott joined former Guns N’ Roses members in a supergroup known as Velvet Revolver which saw success up until 2007. During the years between, he was convicted of buying crack cocaine, arrested for DUI, and known to have a steady relationship with heroin that landed him in an unfinished rehabilitation program.
Weiland passed away while touring with his latest band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, who were scheduled to tour this month with upcoming dates at Reno, NV on Dec. 18 and City Winery in Napa, CA on Dec. 19. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers during this extremely difficult time.