Rockstar Scott Weiland, former frontman for Velvet Revolver and Stone Temple Pilots, was found dead inside his tour bus on Thursday, Dec. 3, in Bloomington City. His wife, photographer Jamie Weiland, intially confirmed this to the Los Angeles Times. A message was also posted in Scott’s Facebook page, saying that the singer “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota.”
Several days following Weiland’s death, his ex-wife Mary Forsberg Weiland released a statement, posted on Rolling Stone on Dec. 7. Part of the letter reads:
“Over the last few years, I could hear his sadness and confusion when he’d call me late into the night, often crying about his inability to separate himself from negative people and bad choices. I won’t say he can rest now, or that he’s in a better place. He belongs with his children barbecuing in the backyard and waiting for a Notre Dame game to come on. We are angry and sad about this loss, but we are most devastated that he chose to give up.”
There was no official statement released about the cause of his death but according to TMZ, in a 911 call about the incident, the police initially said that it could possibly be cardiac arrest. Upon investigation, the detectives were reported to have found a small quantity of cocaine in a room inside the tour bus where the vocalist was found. Prescription drugs and more cocaine were also reportedly found in the bus. Bassist Tommy Black, who was also inside the bus, was arrested by the police charged with felony drug possession.
Weiland was out on a tour with his band, The Wildabouts, and they were supposed to play in Rochester on Friday but was cancelled due to their frontman’s death.
Weiland started his career as the lead vocalist of the award winning 1990s band, the Stone Temple Pilots. They got on top of the grunge music scene where they had their multi-platinum debut album titled “Core.” In 2002, he joined former Guns ‘n’ Roses lead guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum to form the Velvet Revolver. The band released two albums, “Contraband” (2004) and “Libertad” (2007).
A lot of tributes are pouring coming from the music industry for the late singer as is also considered as a rock icon of the ’90s.