Ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Weiland dead at 48

Ex-Stone Temple Pilots frontman Weiland dead at 48

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Scott Weiland, the magnetic frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots whose three-decade career in music moreover included solo albums & a spot in the supergroup Velvet Revolver, has died. He was 48.

The singer's manager, Tom Vitorino, confirmed the death to The Associated Press early Friday. Vitorino referred to a statement on Weiland's Facebook page that said the singer passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in suburban Minneapolis. The cause of death wasn't immediately released.

Weiland's former Stone Temple Pilot bandmates — Eric Kretz & brothers Dean & Robert DeLeo — released a statement Friday thanking the singer, who was dogged by substance abuse problems throughout his career, "for sharing your life with us."

p>"Together we crafted a legacy of music that has given so many people happiness & tremendous memories. The memories are many, & they run deep for us," the statement read. "We know amidst the satisfactory & the offensive you struggled, time & time again. It's what made you who you were.

"You were gifted beyond words, Scott. Part of that gift was part of your curse. With deep sorrow for you & your family, we are saddened to see you go. All of our love & respect. We will miss you brother."

Weiland rose to fame as the frontman of Stone Temple Pilots, which became one of the most commercially successful bands to come out of the early 1990s grunge rock movement. The band's 1992 debut album, "Core," was an insta-hit & sold 8 million units. The hit single "Plush" won the Grammy for best complex rock performance.

The band's follow-up was a white-hot success, too: 1994's "Purple" hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard pop charts, sold 6 million copies & launched the hits "Interstate Love Song" & "Vasoline."

Stone Temple Pilots released more successful albums before they broke up in 2003, & Weiland went on to front Velvet Revolver, the group that featured former members of Guns N' Roses, including guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan & drummer Matt Sorum, as well as Dave Kushner of Wasted Youth. Among that group's hits was "Fall to Pieces" & "Slither," which won the Grammy for best complex rock performance.

The Stone Temple Pilots reunited in 2008.

"The story's not finished," Weiland told the AP at the time. "There's more to be revealed & more to be told."

But the group split again in 2013. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington took over as lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots yet announced he was leaving the group last month.

Police said Weiland was found dead in a bedroom on his tour bus in Bloomington, a city just south of Minneapolis. Police said they found cocaine in Weiland's bedroom & elsewhere on the bus, & that the local medical examiner was investigating Weiland's cause of death.

Weiland's current band, Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts, had been scheduled to play a show in nearby Medina, Minnesota, on Thursday night, yet it had been canceled a week earlier due to poor ticket sales.

Mark Raskob, general manager at the Medina Entertainment Center, said Weiland's show was canceled after fewer than 100 tickets had been sold for it in a venue with a capacity of approximately 1,800.

Raskob said he was "bummed out."

"The man has just been battling addiction & it's sad to hear that he passed," Raskob said.

Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts released the album "Blaster" in March. A guitarist for the band, Jeremy Brown, died at his home in Venice, California, a day before the album's release.

Weiland's wife, Jamie Weiland, moreover confirmed his death to the Los Angeles Times.

"I can't deal with this right now," she said, sobbing. "It's true."

Weiland had a long string of drug- & alcohol-related arrests & stints in rehab. In 1995, he was arrested after deputies found him carrying crack & heroin. He pleaded guilty to felony heroin possession in 1998. And his arrests for drug possession & stints in rehab led the Stone Temple Pilots to cancel tour dates & contributed to their 2003 breakup.

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This story has been corrected to show that Jamie Weiland commented to the Los Angeles Times, not the Los Angeles Tribune.

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Associated Press writers Sarah Rankin & Dave Bauder contributed to this report.

Source: “Associated Press”