Scott Weiland, the lead singer of rock bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was found dead on his tour bus by his manager Thursday evening around 9pm in Minnesota. Weiland, 48, was scheduled to perform at the Medina Entertainment Center with his group Scott Weiland & the Wildabouts. The news was confirmed by Weiland’s wife, Jamie, and his longtime pal, guitarist Dave Navarro. So far no cause of death has been reported.
A posting on Weiland’s Instagram page this morning reads,
“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.”
Stone Temple Pilots were one of the seminal grunge rock bands of the ’90s, selling over 40 million records worldwide and taking home a Grammy Award for their hit song “Plush.” Following the band’s split, Weiland formed the supergroup Velvet Revolver with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan. Their debut album, Contraband, sold 4 million copies worldwide and earned the group a Grammy. In addition to achieving rock stardom, Weiland suffered from a lifelong battle with drug addiction. He’s survived by his wife, Jamie, and two children from a previous marriage.