StarTribune.com has obtained documents and photos from the Bloomington Police Department shedding new light on what Scott Weiland’s bandmates and crew members told police, and what investigators found in the bus where the iconic singer was pronounced dead.
On December 3, SCOTT WEILAND & THE WILDABOUTS tour manager Aaron Mohler went to check on Weiland after Scott’s wife, photographer Jamie Weiland, became worried that she hadn’t heard from the former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer. Known to be a heavy sleeper, Scott appeared to be passed out in the bus’s back bedroom. Mohler removed the pillow from under Scott’s head and attempted to shake him awake. After realizing that Weiland wasn’t breathing, Mohler called drummer Joey Castillo onto the bus for help. They both unsuccessfully tried to wake Weiland, so they called 911.
“We have a tour bus parked out front of the lot and I have a guy that… I think he’s dead. He’s not moving. He’s stiff,” the caller told 911 dispatch. “I mean he’s, he’s like hard as rock right now, not moving. There’s no breath. There’s no nothing.”
Police later noted that the bus was neat. The bandmembers’ names were on bunks and doors, including Weiland’s bedroom in the back of the bus where has was found dead.
In the bus, investigators found marijuana, prescription drugs, and cocaine. Band and crew told police Weiland had been drinking vodka and tequila quite heavily, was taking the heroin-blocker Subloxone and prescriptions. They also said he used cocaine as recently as a week before his deaths, and took methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA) — a party drug often referred to as “Molly” — a day or two before his death.
In a statement, an investigator wrote, “All of the band members and its entourage were visibly upset” but longtime Weiland friend and bandmate Tommy Black said he was “not surprised that Weiland had died.”
Weiland was 48 years old at the time of his death. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota said a mix of cocaine, ethanol (alcohol), and MDA led to the rocker’s passing. Also mentioned was Weiland’s history of cardiovascular disease, asthma, and multi-substance dependence as “significant conditions.”