Former frontman for Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, Scott Weiland, has passed away.
The news came in a message posted on his Facebook page, which said that the musician “passed away in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, Minnesota. At this time we ask that the privacy of Scott’s family be respected.”
Dave Navarro, guitarist and member of Jane’s Addiction, tweeted the news of Weiland’s demise Thursday night, saying, “Our friend Scott Weiland has died.” The Twitter post has since been deleted.
Billboard reports that the singer, who turned 48 this October, was suffering from substance abuse. Weiland, along with former Guns N’ Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, formed Velvet Revolver. The group released the album Contraband in 2004. In Libertad, released in 2007, Weiland featured as vocalist for the last time.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Weiland was born Scott Kline on October 27, 1967, in Santa Cruz. His parents divorced when he was 2 years old. Once his mother remarried and the family moved to a Cleveland suburb, he adopted the name Weiland. In his 2011 memoir “Not Dead & Not For Sale,” he wrote, “My childhood was green pastures and bee stings, learning to play baseball and football, living in a nice house, waiting – always waiting – for the start of summer so I could go to California and see my dad.”
Weiland’s latest band, Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, are slated to tour Reno, NV on December 18 and City Winery in Napa on December 19.
Former MTV VJ and longtime radio personality Matt Pinfield expressed his condolences in a Facebook post. “I am speechless … and sad at the loss of my friend, and although many of you are probably not surprised,” Pinfield wrote. “It doesn’t make it any easier. Addiction sucks. I will miss you Scott.”