ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman and all round rock superstar Scott Weiland was found dead in his tour bus in Minnesota on Thursday. He was 48 years old.

According to TMZ, the singer was on tour with his band, Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, and due to play a gig at Medina Entertainment Center before his body was discovered.

Weiland with Velvet revolver
Weiland with Velvet revolver

Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro broke the news of the musician's death on Twitter Friday morning, in a statement that read:

Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.

Shortly afterward, Scott Weiland's Facebook page confirmed the sad news with the following post:

Scott Weiland, best known as the lead singer for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, passed away in his sleep while...

Posted by Scott Weiland on Thursday, 3 December 2015

Weiland has famously battled substance abuse for years and has a long string of drug and alcohol related arrests on his rap sheet, but it's currently unclear if this contributed to his death.

The singer rose to fame as the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning Stone Temple Pilots, whose enormous popularity led to 16 Top 10 singles on the Billboard rock charts, eight of which hit the number one spot.

After the band broke up in 2003 (partly due to Weiland's drug use), Weiland went on to form Velvet Revolver, a supergroup featuring Guns N' Roses legend Slash.

Weiland is not the first member of his circle to have suffered an untimely death. In March, Wildabouts guitarist Jeremy Brown died at the age of just 34 as a result of multiple drug intoxication.

Scott is survived by his wife of two years, photographer Jamie Wachtel.

Jamie Wachtel and Scott Weiland
Jamie Wachtel and Scott Weiland

(Source: TMZ )


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