Scott Weiland, who rose to fame as the lead vocalist for grunge-rock band Stone Temple Pilots and supergroup Velvet Revolver, has died, according to multiple sources. He was 48.
Weiland had been touring with his current band, the Wildabouts, when as TMZ reports, he was found dead on the tour bus at around 9pm on Thursday. An official statement was posted last night on Weiland’s Instagram account:
“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.”
Weiland was perhaps best known as the lead vocalist for San Diego rock band, Stone Temple Pilots, which rose to prominence in the alt-rock/grunge movement of the 1990s. When the group dissolved in 2002, Weiland went on to front rock band Velvet Revolver, a supergroup formed with Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. A few years later, he left the band, at which point Stone Temple Pilots reunited. He was fired from STP in 2013.
Official word on the cause of death is still forthcoming. However, it is suspected that they are related to substance abuse as Weiland’s struggles with addiction were widely known and documented.
Word of Weiland’s death spread quickly via social media, with fans and celebrities tweeting outpourings of grief. In a since-deleted tweet, Jane’s Addiction frontman Dave Navarro said, “So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight. Other noted personalities followed suit.
Its not my loss, its our loss. Send your thoughts toward the family! https://t.co/Ojv1QYABmg
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) December 4, 2015
Tell me it's not true – Scott Weiland found dead… Stone Temple pilots
— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) December 4, 2015
Just heard some news that broke my heart. May heavens doors be wide open for you friend. #RIPScottWeiland
— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) December 4, 2015
Extremely saddened to have read Scott Weiland passed. Such a gifted performer. My thoughts are with your loved ones,friends & fans.
— Joe Perry (@JoePerry) December 4, 2015