- The Washington Times - Friday, December 4, 2015

Scott Weiland, who fronted Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, has died, Billboard is reporting. He was 48.

Mr. Weiland, who had battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, was found unresponsive on his tour bus in Minnesota, according to TMZ, where he was headed to a stop with his band Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts, to play a show Friday evening.

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,” Billboard reported a post on Mr. Weiland’s Facebook page said.

Mr. Weiland, a native of California, formed the band Stone Temple Pilots (STP) in the 1990s. Their 1993 album “Core” reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

After several years of infighting, the band split up and Mr. Weiland then went on to join former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum in the supergroup Velvet Revolver. In his 2007 self-titled autobiography, Slash said that one of the conditions of Mr. Weiland joining the group was that the singer stay off drugs and alcohol. At the time, Slash and Mr. McKagan were getting sober. 

However, sobriety proved elusive for Mr. Weiland, which led to problems in Velvet Revolver. In 2008 Mr. Weiland left Velvet Revolver and rejoined a reformed STP. Drugs, alcohol and run-ins with the law continued to plague the singer. 

A cause of death was not immediately known.

 

 

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