Former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland has passed away. He was 48 years old.
News of Weiland’s death began to circulate late Thursday evening (Dec.3), when Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro posted a now-deleted message on Twitter.”Our friend Scott Weiland has died,” wrote the musician. While a lot of times these things end up being hoaxes, Weiland’s passing turned out to be true.
Weiland’s death was confirmed by his manager Tom Vitorino and the musician’s wife, Jamie Weiland, who told The Los Angeles Time, “I can’t deal with this right now. It’s true.”
On the musician’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, a short message was posted confirming the saddening news as well. “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.”
According to Billboard, the Bloomington, MN Police Department issued a statement at 11:15PM PT detailing the events of the evening. According to the statement, on Dec. 3 at 8:22PM, 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.” At the time, the identity of the deceased was not released. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office assured that they will continue to investigate the death and will provide updates on the matter.
Weiland was in Minnesota on tour with his latest group, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts. The band was scheduled to perform at the Medina Ballroom in Hamel, MN Thursday evening. According to Medina Entertainment Center, the concert had been canceled and refunds were to be issued. No reason was given for the cancellation at the time.