Scott Weiland, the 48 year-old former frontman for the 90's grunge band Stone Temple Pilots, was found dead on his tour bus Thursday night. A short statement on the singer's Instagram feed read:
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.
The only official information released so far was in a statement from the Bloomington, Minnesota Police Department saying, "On Dec. 3rd at 8:22 p.m., officers responded to a report of an unresponsive adult male in a recreational motor vehicle located in the 2200 block of Killebrew Drive. Officers arrived and determined the adult male was deceased." The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department and Medical Examiner's Office will continue their investigation.
Weiland was best known for his deep growl of a singing voice that could be both ferocious and heartbreaking all at once. He burst onto the scene in 1992 with his band Stone Temple Pilots, releasing the album Core which landed at number 3 on the Billboard charts and the followup, Purple, in 1994. With hits like "Sex Type Thing," "Plush," "Creep," "Big Empty" and "Vasoline," Stone Temple Pilots solidified their status as one of the most memorable bands to emerge from the 90's grunge era.
Weiland's tragic passing marks the second this year for the band. In March, guitarist Jeremy Brown passed away from a toxic mix of drugs. Brown was only 34. Although Weiland fought his own battles with addiction, the cause of death is yet to be determined. We will continue to follow the details as they emerge.
Our hearts go out to Scott's family and friends. His voice and his presence will always be remembered and missed.