According to People.com, Mary Forsberg, the ex-wife of late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland, filed court documents on December 30 asking to be named the executor of Weiland’s will. She also filed a copy of the will, written in April 2007, with his signature as proof.
Weiland’s estate is reportedly worth $2 million. There is also said to be a trust with undisclosed assets.
Mary Forsberg is Weiland’s second wife and mother to his children, 15-year-old Noah and 13-year-old Lucy.
On December 7, Mary posted an emotional and at times brutally frank letter about her ex-husband at RollingStone.com. Forsberg started the letter by writing, “December 3rd, 2015 is not the day Scott Weiland died. It is the official day the public will use to mourn him, and it was the last day he could be propped up in front of a microphone for the financial benefit or enjoyment of others. The outpouring of condolences and prayers offered to our children, Noah and Lucy, has been overwhelming, appreciated and even comforting. But the truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. What they truly lost on December 3rd was hope.”
Forsberg continued: “We don’t want to downplay Scott’s amazing talent, presence or his ability to light up any stage with brilliant electricity. So many people have been gracious enough to praise his gift. The music is here to stay. But at some point, someone needs to step up and point out that yes, this will happen again — because as a society we almost encourage it.”
She added: “Many of these artists have children. Children with tears in their eyes, experiencing panic because their cries go unheard. You might ask, ‘How were we to know? We read that he loved spending time with his children and that he’d been drug-free for years!’ In reality, what you didn’t want to acknowledge was a paranoid man who couldn’t remember his own lyrics and who was only photographed with his children a handful of times in 15 years of fatherhood.”
Forsberg continued: “Even after Scott and I split up, I spent countless hours trying to calm his paranoid fits, pushing him into the shower and filling him with coffee, just so that I could drop him into the audience at Noah’s talent show, or Lucy’s musical. Those short encounters were my attempts at giving the kids a feeling of normalcy with their dad. But anything longer would often turn into something scary and uncomfortable for them.”
She also admitted that “spending so many years immersed in Scott’s multiple illnesses led to my own depression” and that she was afraid that the same would happen to the children.
Forsberg also revealed that Scott did not invite his children to his third wedding, to Jamie Wachtel, and that after he remarried, “child support checks often never arrived” and the children could not “remember the last time they saw him on a Father’s Day.”
Saying that her children “never sought perfection from their dad,” but “kept hoping for a little effort,” Forsberg concluded with, “Our hope for Scott has died, but there is still hope for others. Let’s choose to make this the first time we don’t glorify this tragedy with talk of rock and roll and the demons that, by the way, don’t have to come with it. Skip the depressing T-shirt with 1967-2015 on it — use the money to take a kid to a ballgame or out for ice cream.”
Scott Weiland was found dead on his tour bus on December 3 in Minnesota. He was 48 years old. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota said a mix of cocaine, ethanol (alcohol), and MDA (a relative of ecstasy) led to the rocker’s death. Also mentioned was Weiland’s history of cardiovascular disease, asthma, and multi-substance dependence as “significant conditions.”