According to TMZ.com, former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota. He was 48 years old.
A source connected to Scott’s band THE WILDABOUTS tells the site Scott was found on their bus Thursday night around 9 p.m. — shortly before the band was to go on stage at the Medina Ballroom.
JANE’S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro tweeted shortly after the news of Weiland’s death broke: “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.”
STP fired Weiland in February 2013 after reuniting with him in 2010 for a series of tours and one self-titled album. The band had previously been on hiatus since 2002, primarily due to the singer’s struggles with drugs and alcohol.
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS then recruited a new singer, Chester Bennington of LINKIN PARK, and released one critically acclaimed EP, “High Rise”.
Speaking to a Canadian reporter last year, Weiland denied that his “demons” were still a factor as he continued to tour with THE WILDABOUTS.
“Past demons are past demons; that’s stuff that I dealt with 14 years ago,” he said. “I mean, I guess Keith Richards [of THE ROLLING STONES] gets asked about [his past drug use], so why shouldn’t I? But it’s not something that I think about, ever. Those days of my dope abuse, and use, are long since by me.”