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Scott Weiland Shocker: Rocker Found Dead Aboard Tour Bus At Age 48

Fri, December 4, 2015 4:45am EDT by Beth Shilliday 2 Comments

So sad! Iconic rocker Scott Weiland has been found dead aboard his tour bus on Dec. 3 in Minnesota. It’s unclear what his cause of death was, but Scott was only 48 years old.

This is a serious rock ‘n roll tragedy with news that former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland has been found dead while on tour with his band Scott Weiland & The Wildabouts. They were supposed to play at the Medina Ballroom in suburban Minneapolis, but Scott was found dead aboard his tour bus shortly before the band was to take the stage.

In the wake of his sudden death, the show was cancelled, TMZ reported after breaking the story, reporting that police surrounded the bus, which was parked outside a motel in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington. The Hennepin County Coroner now has Scott’s body according to the site.

Scott’s former bandmates and more stars have offered their condolences on social media. In a Facebook post to his page, it noted that “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.”

Scott spent over three decades in rock ‘ roll, and rose to fame as the lead singer of the seminal band the Stone Temple Pilots, which he fronted from 1986 to 2013. He also did some moonlighting, singing for the supergroup Velvet Revolver alongside members of Guns n Roses from 2003 to 2008. STP got their first big break in 1992 with the release of their debut album Core, and rode the wave of grunge rock at the time that Nirvana and Pearl Jam were changing the music scene. Their second album, 1994’s Purple, went on to sell six million copies and spawned such hits as “Interstate Love Song,” “Big Empty,” and “Vaseline.” The band continued to perform on and off until 2013, when members of the rest of the band fired Scott after too much internal strife.

Scott had battled substance abuse issues for years, admitting to using cocaine and alcohol as early as his teenage years when he was just starting up as a musician. He was arrested on DUI charges in 2003 and 2007, with a trip to rehab in 2008. He also spent time in jail over the years for numerous drug arrests in both New York and CA. You can purchase Scott’s memoir “Not Dead & Not For Sale” by clicking here.

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Scott leaves behind wife Jamie Wachtel, who he married in 2013. He also has two children with his ex-wife model Mary Forsburg, son Noah, 15, and daughter Lucy, 13.

Our thoughts are with Scott’s family and friends at this time. Share you feelings about his passing in the comments below.