Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots & Velvet Revolver Frontman, Found Dead At 48

Robbie Daw | December 4, 2015 9:28 am

California rocker Scott Weiland, frontman for such bands as Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver and, more recently, The Wildabouts, was found dead on Thursday (December 3) night on his tour bus in Minnesota. He was 48.

Weiland had “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his band The Wildabouts,” reads an update on the singer’s Instagram. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”

Weiland had been vocal over the decades about his struggles with drug addiction (particularly in his 2011 autobiography Not Dead & Not For Sale), for which he’d been arrested several times.

Throughout the ’90s, Weiland and his band Stone Temple Pilots rode the waves of grunge and post-grunge success, and released such albums as Core, Purple, Tiny Music… Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop and No. 4. All four sold roughly 17 million copies combined in the US alone, and produced such hits as MTV VMA and Grammy winner “Plush,” “Interstate Love Song” and “Trippin’ On A Hole In A Paper Heart.”

During the band’s lengthy hiatus, which began in 2002, Weiland joined up with Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum to form supergroup Velvet Revolver. The quartet released two albums, 2004’s Contraband and 2007’s Libertad. The former’s single “Slither” won the band a Grammy.

Blaster, Weiland’s first album with new band The Wildabouts, was released in March of this year. The singer was found dead just before he was due to go on stage with the band in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Weiland is survived by his third wife, Jamie Wachtel and two children, Noah, 15, and Lucy, 13.