Scott Weiland, lead singer for the bands Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver is dead. He was found unresponsive on the bus for his solo tour with his band The Wildabouts this morning. First responder audio obtained by TMZ features a 911 call between the Bloomington, Minn Police Dept. and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Dept, indicating that Weiland was found dead after appearing to go into cardiac arrest. He was 48 years old.
Scott rose to fame with Stone Temple Pilots as a star of the 90’s grunge rock era through hits like “Creep,” “Plush,” “Vasoline,” “Interstate Love Song,” and “Big Bang Baby” among others. He then went on to front Velvet Revolver with ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum when his struggles with substance abuse caused a Stone Temple Pilots break up in 2002. Weiland and STP parted ways for the final time in 2013, after reuniting for one last album in 2010. Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington took the helm in the band’s post Scott Weiland era until November 2015 when they also parted ways.
Through out the course of his career, Weiland also released a diverse library of solo albums, including a 2011 Christmas album called Most Wonderful Time Of The Year. A statement on Weiland’s official Facebook page reads: “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. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.” He is survived by two children and his third wife Jamie Wachtel