Scott Weiland, who made his name as the singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, died Thursday night. He was 48.
His death was confirmed early Friday morning on his Facebook page.
Weiland reportedly died in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his group, the Wildabouts. According to TMZ, the singer was found on his tour bus around 9 p.m. The Wildabouts were scheduled to perform at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minnesota on Thursday night.
The news was first announced by guitarist Dave Navarro via Twitter. In a now-deleted tweet posted just after midnight ET, Navarro wrote, “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family.”
Slash, Weiland’s former bandmate in Velvet Revolver, posted a short tweet reading, “Sad day. RIP Scott Weiland” with a link to a photo of Weiland on Slash’s Instagram page.
Weiland came to fame in the Nineties with the Stone Temple Pilots. From 1994 to 2001, his distinctive husky baritone graced the group’s songs, including hits and fan favorites like “Plush,” “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song,” “Down” and “Sour Girl.” Unfortunately, Weiland’s drug use, which led to a one-year probation in 1995, derailed the band, which was forced to cancel most of its 1996–1997 tour for the album Tiny Music. Weiland and the group—guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo and drummer Eric Kretz—parted ways in 2002, though he later rejoined the band, from 2008 to 2013.
In the interim, he formed the all-star group Velvet Revolver with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum and Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner. The band had success with its 2004 debut, Contraband, which included the hits “Slither” and “Fall to Pieces,” though its followup, Libertad, was a commercial disappointment.
“I just thought he was a great singer, and he'd always been on my mind for [Velvet Revolver],” Slash said in his self-titled 2007 autobiography. “He was the one vocalist that I knew had the kind of voice that would serve what we were going to do: he had a John Lennon-ish quality, a little bit of Jim Morrison, and a touch of almost David Bowie. He was the best singer to come out in a long time in my opinion.”
But Weiland’s drug issues came to a head once again, and on November 21, 2007, he was arrested after crashing his car on an L.A. highway and charged with driving under the influence of drugs. His escalating drug use strained his relationship with Velvet Revolver. The group was planning to fire him, but he beat them to it. At a show in Glasgow on March 20, 2008, Weiland told the crowd that this would be Velvet Revolver’s last tour, much to the surprise of his band mates.
Weiland released solo albums throughout his career, including the 2011 oddity The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, consisting entirely of Christmas music. In 2012 he formed the Wildabouts, which released its debut album, Blaster, on March 31, 2015. On March 30, one day before the album’s release, Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown was found dead hours before the group was scheduled to perform a record-release show in Los Angeles.
Weiland is survived by his wife, photographer Jamie Wachtel, and two children, Noah and Lucy, from his previous marriage.