Scott Weiland, frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, dies at 48

Posted by on Dec 04, 2015 at 7:48 am
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Scott Weiland, the charismatic rock vocalist who first gained fame with 1990s rock band Stone Temple Pilots, has died, according to his wife.

The Grammy-winning singer, 48, who struggled with addiction, earned post-Pilots success with the platinum-selling supergroup Velvet Revolver. His cause of death was not immediately available.

His wife, Jamie Weiland, a photographer, confirmed his death to The Times in a brief conversation.

“I can’t deal with this right now,” she said, sobbing. “It’s true.”

With a range that thrived in both high and low registers, Weiland was an archetypal rock singer.

He met Jamie in 2011, when she photographed one of his music video shoots. They married in June 2013.

A statement on Weiland’s Facebook pageposted around 10 p.m. said Weiland had “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minn.”

“At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected,” the statement said.

Reports of Weiland’s death began to circulate after fellow rocker Dave Navarro tweeted: “Just learned our friend Scott Weiland has died. So gutted, I am thinking of his family tonight.”

That tweet later appeared to have been removed.

Tom Vitorino, Weiland’s manager, also confirmed that the singer died Thursday. He did not provide further details.

Weiland’s latest band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, had been scheduled to perform Thursday evening in Minnesota. According to Medina Entertainment Center, the concert was canceled and refunds were to be issued. No reason was given for the cancellation.

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