Former frontman of the Stone Temple Pilots and the band Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland, has passed away at the age of 48. The news of his death was confirmed by his Facebook page on December 4, 2015.
Weiland was best known for his role in Stone Temple Pilots, a band that he started with brothers Robert and Dean DeLeo. The band was huge hit in the early 1990s with their debut album hitting No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The band’s biggest hits came with their follow-up album in 1994, releasing a No. 1 album called Purple. The album introduced fans to the hits “Big Empty,” “Vasoline” and “Interstate Love Song.” Over the years STP sold more than 13.5 million albums in the U.S alone.
“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,” a post on Weiland’s Facebook page informed fans. “At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
The band was playing at the Medina Ballroom in Minnesota this week, TMZ had reported that Weiland was found dead on his tour bus. After the Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver folded, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts was the artist’s latest band. He had several tour-stops lined-up this month with the band, including stops in Reno, NV, on December 18 and City Winery in Napa on December 19, 2015.
Earlier today the Bloomington, Minnesota. Police Department issued a statement describing the events:
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,” read the release, which did not identify the deceased. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will update the family when more information is discovered.