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Scott Weiland, Former Stone Temple Pilots Frontman, Found Dead on His Tour Bus

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Scott Weiland, former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48.

Weiland was on tour with his band Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts in Bloomington, Minn. when he was found dead on his tour bus around 9 PM on Thursday (Dec. 3). The cause of death was reportedly cardiac arrest, according to reports obtained by TMZ. The band were scheduled to play the Medina Ballroom, but the show was quickly canceled. Weiland struggled with substance abuse for decades, but it’s unclear if that played a role in his death.

His manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed the death to the Associated Press and said he learned of the passing from Weiland’s tour manager.

The following statement was posted on Weiland’s Instagram:

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.

Reports of Weiland’s death began to circulate after Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro tweeted: “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.” That tweet was later removed.

The remaining members of Stone Temple Pilots posted a message to Weiland online and called him “beyond talented.”

Weiland’s wife Jamie, a photographer, also confirmed the death to the Los Angeles Times during a brief conversation shortly after the news broke. “I can’t deal with this right now,” she said, sobbing. “It’s true.” The couple met in 2011, when she photographed one of Weiland’s music video shoots. They were married in 2013. He had previously been married twice before.

Weiland’s death is the second within his new band this year. Guitarist Jeremy Brown, 34, died of multiple drug intoxication on March 30, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Brown’s death occurred the day before the band released their debut album Blaster.

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Weiland was born Scott Richard Kline in Santa Cruz on Oct. 27, 1967. His parents divorced when he was 2, and he later changed his name when his mother remarried and moved him to Ohio. After eventually returning to California as a teenager, Weiland met bassist Robert DeLeo during the mid-’80s and the pair formed a band called Mighty Joe Young, which became Stone Temple Pilots by 1989.

STP released their debut Core in 1992 at the height of grunge and it quickly became a massive commercial success on the strength of singles “Creep,” “Sex Type Thing,” “Wicked Garden” and the Grammy-winning “Plush.” They released two more albums (1994’s hugely successful Purple and 1996’s Tiny Music… Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop) before Weiland’s much-publicized substance abuse and trouble with the law contributed to the band going on hiatus for the first time. Weiland released his first solo album 12 Bar Blues in 1998, then regrouped with Stone Temple Pilots shortly after. STP released two more full-lengths (1999’s No. 4 and 2001’s Shangri-La Dee Da), but turmoil again pulled Weiland away from the band in 2002.

He then formed the modern rock supergroup Velvet Revolver with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, who released two albums through 2007 before going on indefinite hiatus the following year. After releasing another solo album (2008’s “Happy” in Galoshes), Weiland again joined Stone Temple Pilots, who released their self-titled sixth album in 2010. But trouble continued to follow Weiland, and the other members of STP fired him from the band in 2013. While Stone Temple Pilots enlisted Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington and released an EP that October, Weiland turned his focus to his solo career with the Wildabouts and released Blaster last March.

Weiland is survived by his wife and two children, Noah and Lucy, who he had with his ex-wife Mary Forsberg.

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